Police charge driver in Fayetteville crash that killed five
Posted July 1
Updated July 2
Fayetteville, N.C. — Police on Friday charged a Fayetteville man with causing a three-car crash Wednesday night that killed five people, and they identified three more of the victims.
Police charged Terek Rashad Johnson, 22, of Cain Road in Fayetteville, with five counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger the public, driving left of center and having unsafe tires.
A Kia Soul and a Ford Crown Victoria were westbound on Cliffdale Road when an eastbound Ford Mustang, driven by Johnson, went out of control while speeding, spun sideways and crossed the center line, police said. The Mustang slammed into the Kia near the intersection of Lynhurst Drive, went airborne, hit the Crown Victoria on the driver's side and overturned.
The driver of the Kia, Shannah Lee Botts, 33, of Fayetteville, and four passengers in the Mustang were killed. Three of those four were identified as Latisha Allen, 33, of Fayetteville, Antonio Dewan Allen, 24, of Fayetteville, and Kassandra Nicole Taylor Jones, 17, of Falcon.
A 15-year-old girl also died in the crash, but police haven't yet released her name.
Johnson remained in serious condition Friday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, while another passenger, Lesly Williams, 22, of Autryville, was in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
The driver of the Crown Victoria, Dadrian Rashad Thomas, 29, was treated at Cape Fear Valley and released.
People who called 911 to report the crash said at least two of people were thrown from the Mustang as it flipped.
"No one in the car is moving. Nobody is moving," a distraught woman told a 911 dispatcher.
"It’s awful. It’s devastating here. I think we have one dead on the scene. It’s horrible," a man told a dispatcher.
Fayetteville police Lt. David McLaurin said it appeared that the people in the Mustang had been to a pool party because they were wearing bathing suits. Johnson was the only person in the car with identification on him, which made it difficult for police to confirm the identities of the others with family members.