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Troopers: Felony charges to be filed in fatal wreck

Posted November 10, 2008

— The state Highway Patrol said Monday that a driver involved in a fatal collision late Saturday would be charged with a felony as soon as she is released from the hospital.

Authorities said Desiree Olsen, 29, of Clayton, was southbound on Buffalo Road in the Archer Lodge community Saturday night when she crossed the center line, slamming her pickup into a pickup driven by Shannon Nicole Adkins.

Adkins, 18, of Clayton, was killed in the wreck, which occurred two blocks from her parents' home.

Authorities said alcohol was a factor in the wreck and charged Olsen with driving while impaired. After meeting with prosecutors Monday, they said Olsen also would be charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

Olsen was listed in good condition Monday at WakeMed in Raleigh.

Adkins, who graduated from Clayton High School this year, did her senior project studying why Johnston County leads the state in auto-related teen deaths. Since 2006, more than 25 teens have died in wrecks on Johnston roads.

The rides and help provided by Johnston sheriff's deputies inspired her to study criminal justice, her mother said, noting Adkins was pursuing a criminal justice major at Wayne County Community College in Goldsboro.

A wake for Adkins is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton, to be followed immediately by her funeral.


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  • kitelover110 Nov 11, 2008

    It is an especial tragedy for Doug and Ernie. They were blessed with Shannon (their first and only child) after years of hopig and praying. Ernie said it so sadly - I no longer have a child; I will never be a Grandmother. There is nothing that can be done to the driver that will restore Shannon to Ernie and Doug. What can and should be done; however, it to take whatever measures necessary to ensure that this person and others will never drive on the highways of the county, state or nation again - not ever, not for any reason. Any person who is caugtht driving under the influece should be made to work in an Emergency Room to see the results of drunken driving and then to work with a mortuary to see the impact on the families.

  • gunny462 Nov 11, 2008

    Such a tragedy for all involved.

  • CarolinaGirl2 Nov 11, 2008

    babycakes, Good thing I am not a judge either, LOL. Johnston County is too lenient with DUI cases and something has to change.

    FYI, I didnt say "you" said she deserved a slap on the wrist, I said NC/Johnston County needs to quit giving these people a slap on the wrists.

  • babycakes Nov 11, 2008

    I NEVER said that she should only get a slap on the wrist! I too agree that her actions were EXTREMELY selfish and it has infuriated me since i heard the news early sunday morning.

    slap on the wrist = not enough of a punishment
    death penalty = too harsh of a punishment

    I'm not sure what kind of a punishment she deserves... that's why I am not a judge....I just can't help but feel bad for BOTH families involved :(

  • CarolinaGirl2 Nov 11, 2008

    Everyone has a differnt opinion, this is a good article to read and give some thought to. babycakes thinks murder is to harsh, I disagree.

    I thought ths was interesting: Go Winston-Salem!!!
    Well, on April 8, 1997, a jury in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, came back with a first degree murder conviction in a DUI case involving a traffic accident with two deaths. They recommended a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. The prosecutor had asked for the death penalty.

  • CarolinaGirl2 Nov 11, 2008

    babycakes - You obviously have more tolerance then I do. She knew what the consequences the moment she took that first drink. Drunk drivers are selfish people and deserve the max punishment. She planned to drink, she drove, she deserves the consequences. Tell that to Mrs. Adkins, she will never have her daughter back becuase of these actions. NC/Johnston County needs to quit giving these people a slap on the wrists. And who cares if this was her first offense, if we go hard on them the first time maybe there wont be a second and third time. There should be no second chances IMO. How dare her to put your family, my family and every other family as risk. Clayton is home to me and I have a son getting ready to drive, we need stricter laws enforced. There is NO excuse for her actions, IMO.

  • babycakes Nov 11, 2008

    Carolinagirl2, are you kidding me right now...??? Premeditated murder??? I have ABSOLUTELY ZERO TOLERANCE for drunk drivers, that's why I ALWAYS take the keys from them.... but to say that it was premeditated is nuts!

    Who ever said this was a "repeat DUI" anyway.... I haven't heard that one. According to Doyle this is the first. She should def serve some time in jail, but to put her there for life is a bit much, in my opinion.

  • CarolinaGirl2 Nov 11, 2008

    This infuriates me, Death by vehicle is a JOKE. She should be charged with premeditated murder. New and Observer reports:

    Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle said an element of the charge includes driving while intoxicated.

    The charge against Olsen can carry a sentence of up to eight years for people with a prior record, Doyle said. The minimum sentence can be 15 months, which can be suspended, she said. Doyle said she is tracking Olsen's records but said it appears she doesn't have a prior record.

    I cannot believe there is potential that she will not have to serve anytime for her actions. UNREAL, this just makes me sick. You can bet I will be writing a letter to Susan Doyle and our new govenor. WHAT A JOKE!!

    Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Adkins family, I am so sorry for this senseless loss.

  • SweetB Nov 11, 2008

    no words to describe...my thoughts are with the family of Shannon Nicole Adkins.

  • amlebede Nov 11, 2008

    Her blood alcohol level was not released so I cannot state that she was legally intoxicated. Even if a passenger was drunk, the accident is often still listed as alcohol related.