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Driver in Fatal Accident Has Long History of Offenses

Posted February 28, 1997

— Police say the driver who ran into a minivan killing a little girl Thursday, was drunk when his pickup swerved over into the oncoming lane. Timothy Earl Blackwell has now been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 4-year-old Megan Dail.

Blackwell, 36, has previously been charged five times in Durham County with impaired driving, and 21 times for driving with a revoked license. His license has been permanently revoked since 1989.

Megan Dail's mother is not the only person wondering what Blackwell was doing behind the wheel with such a driving record.

Janie Ashworth was a witness to Thursday's accident. She says Blackwell even tried to leave the scene.

Karyn Brown of Mothers Against Drunk Driving told WRAL-TV5'sAmanda LambFriday that there should be tougher laws and tougher penalties.

The Division of Motor Vehicles says the pickup truck involved in the accident was not registered to Blackwell, but to a relative whose license had been suspended since 1984.

In North Carolina, it is legal own, register and have a vehicle inspected even if the owner doesn't have a drivers license.

Blackwell now faces myriad charges in connection with Thursday's accident -- in addition to the murder charge, he faces driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license, driving left of center, driving with an open container and possession of drug paraphernalia, all in connection with the Thursday morning crash.

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