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Raleigh woman, 29, charged in fatal wreck

Posted January 30, 2013 6:28 a.m. EST
Updated January 30, 2013 1:45 p.m. EST

— A 21-year-old Nash County woman died early Wednesday when the Pontiac SUV she was riding in crashed in northeast Raleigh, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

The SUV's driver, Lydia Marie Mills, 29, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving without a license or registration and failure to maintain lane control.

Amanda Brooke Massengill, of 15906 Old Smithfield Road in Bailey, died in the wreck.

Investigators said Mills, of 4104 Labrador Dr., was driving home from a nearby gathering around 2:30 a.m. when she lost control of the SUV near her home, went off the right side of the road, hit a tree and spun around before coming to rest in a ditch.

"Our indications, at this point, are that there was some alcohol involved and, of course, a little too much speed in the curve," 1st Sgt. Kenneth Cooke said.

Mills was taken to WakeMed following the wreck and then transported to the Wake County jail.

Earlier Tuesday evening, Wake County deputies cited Mills for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said. She said the assault and wreck were not related.

Mills was expected to make her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.