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Man Faces Murder Charges In Cumberland Drunken Driving Accident

Posted March 15, 2005 4:26 a.m. EST

— A homeless man faces second-degree murder charges in an accident that killed a Cumberland County woman. Meanwhile, the woman's family is mourning the loss.

Investigators said Russell Bell was driving more than 100 miles an hour when he sideswiped a truck on Camden Road and plowed into Edna King's car. King died in the accident. Troopers said Bell had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the wreck.

"She loved to quilt. She loved her granddaughter and she loved her family," said Brenda Clark, King's daughter. "I hope and I pray for his family. "My mother was a very loving, caring and giving person."

King had an 8-year-old girl in the car with her at the time of the accident. She was not seriously hurt.

Bell is listed in critical condition. Troopers said he was also driving with a revoked license. Troopers say Bell had borrowed the car from his friend, but they do not plan to charge Bell's friend.