Winston-Salem, N.C. — State Rep. Larry Womble was charged Thursday with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle for his role in a December wreck in Winston-Salem.
Womble, D-Forsyth, and David Allen Carmichael collided head-on on Reynolds Park Road Dec. 2.
Blood tests on Womble showed no intoxicants in his system, police said, but their investigation showed he crossed the center line and hit Carmichael going about 45 mph.
Carmichael, 54, of 2767 Reynolds Park Road, died at the scene.
Womble, who was critically injured in the crash, returned to the state legislature Tuesday after months of surgery and recovery.
He has represented Forsyth County in the General Assembly since 1995. The retired teacher and principal also served on the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen from 1981 to 1993.
During his nine terms in the legislature, Womble has advocated for compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program during the 20th century. He also was the primary sponsor of the Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to use racial statistics to show bias in sentencing.