Man charged in Halifax hit-and-run had pending DWI, drug charges
Posted November 16, 2011
Littleton, N.C. — A Halifax County man who faces murder charges after two people were killed Monday night in a hit-and-run had pending driving while impaired and cocaine possession charges from October, the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Luke Henry Harvey, 45, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count each of felony hit-and-run, DWI and driving with a revoked license in Monday's incident.
Authorities said he was charged in October with DWI, driving with a revoked license and possession of cocaine.
State Department of Correction records show that Harvey was convicted of DWI in 1999 and convicted four times of driving with a revoked license between 1999 and 2002.
He was being held Wednesday under a $250,000 bond in the Halifax County jail.
The latest charges stem from the discovery of two bodies in a ditch along State Road 1357 near Littleton. Authorities said they believe Harvey was driving south around 10:55 p.m. when he struck Calvin Harris, 57, of Littleton, and Joycelyn Lynch, 37.
Doris Harris, who was married to Calvin Harris for 23 years before they divorced a few years ago, said her ex-husband knew Harvey.
"(Calvin) drove (Luke) around, drove his truck here, there, everywhere," Doris Harris said. "He always wanted to do good for other people."
The sheriff's office confirmed that Harvey knew Lynch and Calvin Harris, but would not elaborate on those relationships.
Doris Harris said she Calvin Harris had three children together, and that he had another child from a different relationship. She said her family was still in shock about what happened.
"Nobody deserves to be killed, period. And, (for it) to be done like that, no," Doris Harris said.
Lynch had three children and one grandchild, according to the sheriff's office.