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Charges not ruled out in fatal Walmart crash

Posted June 7, 2010

— Dunn police said Monday they still haven't ruled out criminal charges in a fatal crash in which an SUV slammed into a local Walmart Friday.

Capt. Jimmy Pope said investigators and the Harnett County District Attorney's Office are awaiting medical records, a state Highway Patrol wreck report and enhanced store surveillance video to determine how to proceed in the case.

SUV wrecked at Dunn Walmart Walmart crash still under investigation

"The charges – if we found out there was a criminal act – they could be rather substantial," Pope said.

Ashley Moore, 16, a junior at Triton High School in Dunn, died as a result of the crash. The SUV's driver, Dillon Tart, 18, was treated for injuries at a local hospital and was released on Sunday.

Witnesses reported seeing the teens arguing inside the SUV at a gas station several hundred yards away and then seeing the SUV accelerate, clip two vehicles and then flip several times, hitting the front of the store.

A Harnett County EMS crew eating at a nearby Waffle House saw the crash and first called 911, according to calls released Monday. Several other witnesses also called 911 to report the crash.

Pope said surveillance video confirmed witness accounts that the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed. Investigators haven't determined how fast it was going.

Meanwhile Monday, Moore was buried. Grief counselors were also available at Triton, where Tart is a senior.

Flowers, balloons and notes also covered the barricades in front of the Walmart wall.

"We miss you. We love you," one of the notes read. "Sorry you had to go so soon."


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  • babsd24 Jun 11, 2010

    Concerned..... how could people hear them argue if he was having a epileptic seizure? My understanding is that if you are having a seizure you are unable to speak. It seems strane that he was having a seizure and pushing the gas pedal out of control yet the suv was going straight down that one lane not going over into another lane until he reached the end of the lane where he hit other cars. Strange that people in the parking lot heard arguing and you can't argue with yourself.

  • babsd24 Jun 9, 2010

    I wonder why it is taking so long to resolve this. If it was a medical issue which is doubtful the results should have been released long before now. I feel for both famlies for their lose for her family they lost their daughter and for his family they lost their son a long time ago and didn't see it coming or they just were not paying attention. If this guy gets mad enough to speed through a parking lot by himself let alone with an innocent victim in the car he needs medical assistance.

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    Its funny to see wildcat tell someone to be patient. He already has the boy convicted.

  • marybeth74 Jun 8, 2010

    From the statement - "They were arguing" it does seems like there was anger involved. With that said - My heart goes out to both families. Hers because they have lost their child, and I know how that feels, you can not know the agony of losing a child until you have, that is a pain that is indescribable. His because IF it is determined he did this on purpose they all have to deal with their son being capable of something so tragic. And he has to live with this, regardless of how it all turns out, for the rest of his life. Accident or not, he was driving, she died, and he WILL feel responsible forever. My thoughts and prayers are with them all, it is horible, just horrible and it makes me sad, everytime I hear or think about it. It makes me hug my kids a little tighter, and make sure I tell them I love them everyday....

  • wildcat Jun 8, 2010

    They are still investigating. Be patient!

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    An update on this story is overdue.

  • wildcat Jun 8, 2010

    This young man cause this accident and he most certainly should be charge. A young lady riding with him lost her life. What about that? He is not innocent by any means.

  • pebbles262004 Jun 8, 2010

    I think he was trying to kill her and he did it. I hope he pays. It makes me mad every time I see this. Big boy got mad at her and told her what he was going to do. That is why she was heard screaming...Go figure...You can call it anyway you want too...and thats jmo

  • NoFreakinWay Jun 7, 2010

    put your socks on golo, if you can't handle truth!

  • wakeconative4ever Jun 7, 2010

    There is a lot more to this story than what is being reported....prayers to all involved.