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Grand jury to hear evidence in fatal Walmart crash

Posted June 29, 2010

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— Harnett County District Attorney Susan Doyle said Tuesday that she plans to present evidence about a fatal SUV crash outside a Walmart in Dunn to a grand jury.

Ashley Moore, 16, a junior at Triton High School in Dunn, died in the June 4 crash. The SUV's driver, Dillon Tart, 18, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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.

Dunn police said video from nearby surveillance cameras confirmed witness accounts that the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Investigators have been trying to reconstruct the incident to determine how fast the vehicle was going. They also have been checking to see if the SUV had any mechanical problems or if there was any medical problem that led to the crash.

Doyle said she plans to file charges against Tart but hasn't decided what charges to pursue and wants to put the case before a grand jury to determine how to proceed.

The Harnett County grand jury will meet on July 19.

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  • nataliebishop Jun 30, 2010

    I am a close friend of the family..and to clear things up for some of you STUPID idiots..
    Ashley was NOT pregnant
    Dillon did have a seizure
    The car was not a trailblazer it was a Chevy Blazer
    Dillon's family (and friends) are full of grief and sorrow
    And the reason it has been turned over to the grand jury is because the stupid DA can't find anything to charge him with!!
    Dillon did NOT "murder" Ashley..it was a tragic ACCIDENT!! Nor does Dillon have a temper. He is one of the most sweet, kind, humble, sensitive, respectful people that my family has EVER known. As well as his mother, and other family members of his. It is so sad to see that so many people can be so heartless!! Yes it is sad that Ashley was so young and had to go in that way, but things like this happen everyday. No one could have helped it. God called that girl home. One sad thing about this is Dillon wasnted to go to school for criminal justice & look @ what the justice system is doing to him..WE LOVE YOU DILLON

  • barbtries Jun 30, 2010

    from what i've read in this article i think a consideration should be made toward a charge of murder. my heart goes out to the victim's family.

  • Citizen7265 Jun 29, 2010

    Too many questions for any reasonable speculation. JUSTICE is needed for both the young girl and the young man.

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 29, 2010

    "This story reminds me so much of the accident in Raleigh this past May that seriously injured Julia Raynor. The driver, Edwards, was trying to kill his girlfriend by intentionally flooring his vehicle and hitting Mrs. Julia, an innocent bystander. Of course, they were not seriously injured and she still remains in the hospital...." julescid

    I'm sorry to hear that. Once stories move off the front page, because they are replaced with equally horrific stories, most of us forget unless the people involved are from our immediate community.

  • julescid Jun 29, 2010

    This story reminds me so much of the accident in Raleigh this past May that seriously injured Julia Raynor. The driver, Edwards, was trying to kill his girlfriend by intentionally flooring his vehicle and hitting Mrs. Julia, an innocent bystander. Of course, they were not seriously injured and she still remains in the hospital. I don't honestly know if this was another Domestic Violence crime or not....just saying it sure sounds familiar.
    Also, how can someone supposedly having a seizure have such a sold hold on the steering wheel to be able to keep going after hitting two other vehicles? Well, God bless to this poor girl's family during this terrible time.

  • uncw05 Jun 29, 2010

    Ladybug - only a rumor, but some of us have been discussing the possibility of charging the boy more severely if that was the case. Not at all implying that it is the case, just an adult conversation on the possibilities that could exist in this or a similar case if there was a pregnancy involved.

  • wakeconative4ever Jun 29, 2010

    FE....you must have heard the same things I have heard....it will be interesting to see what the public thinks of this guy when all the REAL facts come out about what happened and why it happened.

  • Ladybug Jun 29, 2010

    Was this girl pregnant? I don't understand some of the comments about the new laws. Someone please explain.

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 29, 2010

    "...her family started a campaign for laws to deal with this, I never heard how it went, but there is a good chance that there are new laws pertaining to the murder of a pregnant woman that didn't exist when she was murdered."
    uncw05

    State Rep. Pat McElraft, a Carteret County Republican, hopes Monday's arrest renews attention to the issue. She co-sponsored two House bills during the last legislative session, Ethen's Law and The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, that in such instances, would add a murder charge for such crimes.

    Both bills were referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where they have yet to be heard. Legislators fear the debate will turn into a pro-life, pro-choice issue, said McElraft, who thinks both bills would pass if heard on the House floor. She's considering pushing the bills again later this year.

    Excerpt from:
    http://www.thedurhamnews.com/2010/02/06/200821/arrest-renews-fetal-homicide-debate.html

  • FE Jun 29, 2010

    uncw5 - You are totally correct that the laws in place at the time of the murder of the pregnant newspaper carrier preclude any charges for the "additional" murder.

    Even IF the NC law has now been changed (I could be wrong, but I don't think the new law was meant to cover a murder charge per se for the unborn child), such a change could never be applied retroactively to the murder of the woman at the Farmer's Market.

    Perhaps there are some attorneys reading this who could elaborate? (I do think in some states such laws do exist.)

    FE

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