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Police: Intoxicated driver going 90 mph before fatal wreck

Posted April 20, 2011 11:55 a.m. EDT
Updated April 20, 2011 7:06 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police say a 21-year-old man was intoxicated and going nearly three times the speed limit early Saturday when his SUV slammed into a car, killing its driver.

Timothy Lee Ford, of 2101 Versitile Drive, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the wreck that killed Sika Akou Ekpe, 21, of Raleigh. He also faces one count each of felony serious injury by vehicle and driving while impaired.

Police said Ford was going 90 mph in the 2100 block of Lake Wheeler Road around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when his 2005 Toyota slammed into Ekpe's 1999 Mitsubishi as she was turning left from a parking lot. The Mitsubishi spun around three times, and the Toyota overturned, striking a tree.

Ekpe's passenger, Cloudia Olandzo Bo, 30, of Raleigh, suffered serious injuries. She was taken to WakeMed.

Rescuers had to extricate Ford from the SUV, police said. He suffered minor injuries.

A witness saw Ford speeding and straddling the center line before the wreck, police said.