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Store clerk faces liquor charge following teen driver's fatal wreck

Posted August 15, 2011

— A Fayetteville convenience store clerk faces a criminal charge after a teen driver who had been drinking flipped her SUV nine days ago, killing two people.

Agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement on Monday charged Natasha Clark, a clerk at the Firststop store at 1913 Ramsey St., with one count of selling a malt beverage to an underage person.

Seven people were in a Nissan Pathfinder early Aug. 6 when it hit a curb on Rosehill Road and overturned, police said. Passenger Denzel Graves, 16, of Spring Lake, died at the scene, and another passenger, Cheyanna Cummings, 18, of Hope Mills, died the following day at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Driver Bryanna Hamilton, 17, is charged with two counts each of felony death by motor vehicle and felony assault by motor vehicle and one count each of driving while impaired, speeding, careless and reckless driving and driving without a license.

Warrants state that Hamilton's blood-alcohol level was 0.14, or nearly twice the level at which drivers are considered impaired under North Carolina law. The Pathfinder also was going 55 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to warrants.

Fayetteville police have said that Hamilton had left a birthday party at a house off Ramsey Street to pick up some people and was returning to the party when the wreck occurred.

Charges also are pending against the host of the party, ALE spokesman David Williams said.


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  • Iworkforaliving Aug 16, 2011

    hellorhighwaters, does the government know about these special powers you have? I know a 29 year old who you would never know she is a day over 17.

  • hellorhighwaters Aug 15, 2011

    And the man at the store should not be trying to be friends with all these teens and sell them beer or any thing else.
    He should get some type of charge. You can look at most 16-17 year olds and half way know they are not 21 yet. I can anyway.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 15, 2011

    What id did she show the store clerk. If she showed a phony id then it is not the clerks fault 17 yr olds know it is against the law to drink but this person did not care about the law and either did the friends that were with her

  • Tommylee Aug 15, 2011

    She was on her way back to the party. That means she would have been twice as drunk on her way back home from the pary the second time if she had the chance. No telling how may people would have died then. Put her away for life.
    God be with Denzel and Cheyanna's family.

  • rednek Aug 15, 2011

    Who ever loaned or let her drive their car should be charged also. I ALWAYS ask if anyone that wants to use a vehicle I own, Do you have a valid license?

  • rhowerton Aug 15, 2011

    i havent seeen anything either, she was driving she can't blame noone but herself

  • Fuquay Resident Aug 15, 2011

    I didn't know she was trying to lay the blame on someone else. Did y'all read something I didn't?

  • jrfergerson Aug 15, 2011

    Bryanna Hamilton needs to face up to the fact there are consequences to her actions and stop trying to lay the blame on someone else. That is what is wrong with our country today, always trying to blame someone else for their wrongdoings. Accept responsibility for your actions young lady. and for the store clerk - all should be checking ID's before selling type of alcoholic product to anyone.

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  • Rebelyell55 Aug 15, 2011

    Sharing the blame for her mis-deeds will not get her off. However, it will be a wake up call of adults who don't think twice about getting Kids drunk.