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Driver Charged in Double Fatality Chase

Posted January 20, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— A high-speed chase led to two passenger deaths early Sunday morning, and now the car's driver faces second-degree murder charges.

Police say the chase began after Peter Williams, of Erwin, almost hit a Lillington police car head on.

State troopers say that when a Lillington police officer tried to pull over the car, the driver took off.

About a mile outside Lillington, on old U.S. 421, Williams lost control, ran off the road, and hit a tree.

Two passengers in the car, Jerome Atkinson and Jonathan Gibson, both 19 and both from Dunn, were instantly killed.