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Murder Charges Filed in DWI Wreck

Posted April 9, 2008 12:02 p.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2008 9:48 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol on Wednesday released its report on an April 1 collision on Buffaloe Road that killed two people.

Christine Haithcock Meyers, 41, of 1149 Blackbeard Lane in Raleigh, was charged with driving while impaired, two counts of second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, violation of an open-container law and driving without insurance.

The wreck claimed the lives of Ruben Dario Medina, 34, and Jefferson Medina, 10, a third-grader at Rolesville Elementary School. A family friend and Ruben Medina's 4-year-old daughter were injured in the wreck.

Meyers' legs were injured in the wreck. As of Wednesday, she remained  at WakeMed in fair condition.

Meyers was tested on the scene for alcohol, but the results of that test are pending, according to the Highway Patrol's report.

Meyers was charged on Nov. 3 with DWI in Johnston County after Highway Patrol troopers spotted a car driving erratically on Interstate 40, according to court records. Her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.11 then, above the state's legal limit of 0.08.

Her license was revoked for 30 days, and she paid a $50 reinstatement fee on Dec. 10, according to court records. Her trial in the case – she also was charged with having an open container of alcohol in her car – is scheduled for April 15.

Highway Patrol Lt. Cameron Taylor said Meyers was legally entitled to drive while she waited for her trial.