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At-fault driver in fatal US 64 wreck had pending drug, speeding charges

Posted May 27, 2013 9:50 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2013 11:11 p.m. EDT

— A 22-year-old Raleigh woman who plowed head-on into a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 64 near Knightdale Sunday night was facing drug possession and traffic-related charges, according to court documents.

Megan Yvonne Williams drove off westbound U.S. 64 near Interstate 540 and onto the median just after 10 p.m., according to the state Highway Patrol. Her 2004 Mazda continued across the median into the eastbound lanes of the highway, colliding with a 2002 Cadillac pickup truck. 

Williams and her passenger, 25-year-old Brooke Byrnes, of Norristown, Pa., were killed.

It wasn't clear why Williams lost control of the Mazda, but authorities say it's likely that she was traveling at least 80 mph when she struck the truck.

Williams' criminal record includes convictions in September 2010 for drug possession and alcohol possession by a minor. She was placed on probation and then arrested a month later for violating that probation.

Earlier this month, she was charged with drug possession. Court records also show she was due in court in July on charges of speeding and driving without a license. 

The three occupants of the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

There was a third car involved in the wreck that side swiped the pickup truck during the collision. No one in that vehicle was injured.