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Police: No charges in crash that killed Wesleyan College students

Posted April 8, 2016

— Rocky Mount Police said Friday that no charges will be filed in connection with a crash that took the lives of four North Carolina Wesleyan College students last month.

Officers responded to the scene, in the 3400 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard, at about 8:30 p.m on March 21.

Donesha Scott, 19, of Raleigh, Robyne St. Claire Barnes, 20, of Conway, Kandis McBride-Jones, 20, of Littleton, and Quedeshia Brown, 20, of Henderson, were killed in the crash.

Investigators determined that the Ford Focus occupied by the four students failed to yield to the right of way when it turned left from the northbound lane of North Wesleyan Boulevard. The Focus turned into the path of a Chevrolet Tahoe, which had a green light and was traveling south in the opposite lane.

Neither driver showed evidence of impaired driving, police said.

Authorities said the Tahoe was traveling at 58 mph in a 55-mph zone. The driver and front-seat passenger in the Focus were wearing seatbelts, but the two passengers in the back seat were not.

“While this is a devastating loss for the families of both the victims and our community, we are hoping the completion of the investigation will bring some closure to this horrific event and expedite the healing process,” said a statement from Rocky Mount police.


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