Authorities: Driver Charged With Second-Degree Murder In Fatal Harnett Wreck
Posted June 25, 2003 4:14 a.m. EDT
HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities have charged the driver who was involved in a fatal accident in Harnett County early Monday with second-degree murder. Authorities are also going after the store clerk who sold the teenager beer prior to the accident.
Officials said Dustin Yeary, 19, of Lillington, was driving his SUV with four other passengers on Peach Farm Road, west of Lillington, when he lost control of his vehicle around midnight. Authorities said the vehicle then flipped over seven times.
One of the passengers, 17-year-old Matthew Allen, of Maimers, was killed in the accident. Three others were taken to a local hospital.
Troopers said all of the passengers were under age 21 and all were drinking. Authorities say Yeary's blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, and he was driving at more than 85 mph.
After the accident, authorities found beer in the vehicle. The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division have charged Christine Jeanette Dyson, 30, of Sanford, with selling alcohol to an underage person. Authorities said Dyson sold a 24-pack of beer to Yeary while working at the Wickermart on Highway 421 South in Broadway.
Troopers said Yeary was on probation for speeding to elude arrest. A prior drunk driving charge was dismissed. He is being held in the Harnett County Jail on $300,000 bond.
The charge against Dyson is considered a misdemeanor. Her bond is set at $1,000. ALE agents said more charges are pending.
The case against Wickermart will not go in front of the ABC commission. The commission can either suspend or revoke the store's liquor license. The store can also face a possible fine.