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Driver charged in death of 7-year-old

State troopers said that speed and alcohol were factors in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a 7-year-old Linden boy Sunday night.

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Nathan Brett Thames
LINDEN, N.C. — A 22-year-old man has been charged with driving while impaired in the wreck that killed a 7-year-old Linden boy Sunday night.

James David Carter II, of Crocket Raynor Road in Linden, was also charged with felony death by motor vehicle in the death of Nathan Brett Thames.

State troopers said that Carter lost control of an SUV when it ran off the right side of Palestine Road, at Short Ridge Road, north of Fayetteville, shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday. The SUV rolled over multiple times.

Nathan died at the scene, and Carter was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Speed was also a factor in the wreck, and Nathan was wearing a seat belt but was not in a child safety seat, troopers said.

Carter is the boyfriend of Nathan's mother, troopers said.

Nathan is survived by his parents, three sisters, two bothers and paternal grandmother, according to his obituary.

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