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Man Faces Manslaughter Charge in Fatal Crash

Posted June 17, 2007

— A Newton Grove man faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and crossing a center line in connection with a head-on crash that killed an Erwin woman, state troopers said Sunday.

They charged Daniel Norris, 21, of Newton Grove. The crash happened about 5:15 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 421 near Green Path Road in Sampson County, the Highway Patrol said.

Lynette Hurley, 34, of Erwin was a passenger in a car that was northbound on Rt. 421 when Norris' car crossed the center line and struck it, Trooper J.A. Siles said. She died at the scene.

Josephine Jones, 36, of Newton Grove, was driving the northbound car and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Siles reported.

Stephanie Norris, Norris' wife, was a passenger in his car. She was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, also with non-life-threatening injuries, Siles said.


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  • youngadult Jun 18, 2007

    I do understand everyone's concerns with the punishment that mr. norris should receive after this tragedy, however, i know mr. norris and know that he is a great person, and i do think that he should be held responsible for what he has done, but everyone messes up at some point in his/her life. I think that some of these comments left are somewhat harsh though. Think if this was your son that made a stupid mistake...10 years in prison?? WOW! More than anything right now these families need the love, support, and prayers of others. Please keep them in your prayers.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jun 18, 2007

    He's never been in trouble before............

    He may have not been caught. But he is in trouble now, and he will never live it down. I know being taught better, they should know better. But choices like this one, put an end to what could have been. This other person is dead because he choose to try it at least once or tried it again, I am sure that is no consolation to her family that his family raised him properly. My prayers goes out to both families, and this boy when he sobers up.

  • TheLogicalOne Jun 18, 2007

    Not only should this drunk driver receive a stiff sentence (voluntary manslaughter or 2nd degree murder), but his girlfriend, who, although injured as well, should be charged as an accessory to some degree. She was in the vehicle with him, and I'm sure knew he was intoxicated.

    I don't care if its a friend, fiance, husband, wife, blood relative, whatever, it is your responsibility to keep the that person from driving. If they do drive no matter what you do, you'd better call the police.

    It sounds cold, but lives can be saved.

  • larry1 Jun 18, 2007

    if you drink and drive and kill somebody,to me is like loading a gun with 1 round and pulling trigger.at some point in time you are going to hurt somebody.i'm sorry that this person was so young but that still does not bring back a life.

  • thfan Jun 18, 2007

    (Quote) this kid is 21 years old, I'm sure he's heard that phrase before, but people who do such stupid things will learn the hard way (unfortunately)(End Quote)

    I do not know the circumstances, but do know that Daniel was raised in a good Christian home and has NEVER been in trouble before. Sadly, our kids do not always listen to us when we preach "Never drink and drive", regardless of what we tend to think as being their parents. Please keep all families involved in your prayers.

  • ladyblue Jun 18, 2007

    Capital- I wish your idea would work. They take your license the lst offense for a year. Half of those people are out there still driving and drinking with no license.ex(Paris Hilton)They need to be locked away in the beginning. I feel that is the only wayto stop them from driving drunk. A person with a drinking problem cannot stop getting behind the wheel. The more they drink the stupider they get. I kkmow of that case.Was it caried to the Supreme Court. They know when they drink and drive they could wreck and kill someone just like a robber crring a gun may kill someone. That should also be called 1st degree. Twenty years in pookie for voluntary 1st degree would sober them up and let them grow up as well. If you give them a harsh enough punishment, maybe it would save other's lives. Just because they got drinking troubles doesn't mean they get special privileges. Killing is killing.

  • Capital Punishment Stops Crime Jun 18, 2007

    Check out the story here:
    Man Gets 2 DUI's in Day From Same Cop

    This is the kind of stupidity that needs to be stopped. This guy should never be allowed to drive again. He has proven he is incapable of making sound decisions on alcohol and driving.

  • Capital Punishment Stops Crime Jun 18, 2007

    I agree with you. I only made my suggestions more lenient to make the "give the person a chance" crowd happy. If it were up to me, it would be 1 strike and you're out. Drunk driving is completely avoidable and people should not need a second chance. You can probably tell by my screen name that I agree with death penalty for those who kill someone while driving drunk, but I know that will probably never happen, so better to get them off the roads permanently than have them released to do it again.

  • Chemgrad Jun 18, 2007

    Capital I agree with you only I think that your punishments are too lenient. First offense should result in 10 years in prison and permanently revoked license. Second offense results in life in prison. If you kill someone then you should receive the death penalty. Drunk driving is no different then walking into a crowded store and randomly firing a gun and it's completely ridiculous how lightly perpetrators are punished.

  • Capital Punishment Stops Crime Jun 18, 2007

    Drunk driving is not prosecuted or punished as severely as it should be. It is a completely avoidable crime.

    Punishment should be,

    1st offense, 1 year in jail, 3 years revoked license.
    2nd offense, 3 years in jail, 5 years revoked license.
    3rd offense or more, 5 years jail, permanent revoked license.
    If you kill someone while driving drunk, life in prison, no parole.

    Make this a federal law with mandatory sentences. No moving to another state for more relaxed laws, no leniency, no attorney getting their client off with a lesser sentence, no excuses. Drunk driving is one of the most deadly, most avoidable crimes we have, why can't we punish it as such?