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Robeson County man charged in vehicle death of woman

Posted June 23, 2020 4:45 p.m. EDT

Jerry Locklear (Robeson County Sheriff's Office photo)

— A Robeson County man is facing charges of second degree murder and felony hit and run after the death of a woman on Tuesday.

Deputies with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office arrested Jerry Locklear, 65, of Fairmont in the death of Melissa Lowery, 37, of Pembroke. Locklear was placed in the Robeson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

Deputies said they responded just before 12:30 a.m. to the 200 block of Cabinet Shop Road in Maxton in reference to a vehicle being forced off the roadway. Investigators said Lowery was traveling on Cabinet Shop Road when she was intentionally struck by a vehicle from behind multiple times by a vehicle driven by Locklear. Lowery's vehicle then collided with a concrete culvert. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division investigated the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3100 or (910) 671-3170.  

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Robeson County Communications Center assisted with the investigation.

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