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Two more charged in beating of Vance driver

Posted April 1, 2011 11:53 a.m. EDT

— Two more people have been arrested in connection with a March 19 melee in Henderson that began when a driver hit a pedestrian, authorities said Friday.

The Vance County Sheriff's Office has said Eric Loznicka accidentally hit Reuben Wright, 18, on Raleigh Road in Henderson. Deputies said Loznicka had no chance to see Wright or stop before hitting him.

In 911 calls placed in the minutes after the accident, people describe a chaotic scene where bystanders pulled Loznicka from his car and began beating him.

Six people were charged last week with misdemeanor assault in the case. Vance County Sheriff Peter White said Lashamika Ragland and Alexis Mulkey were arrested this week on the same charge and were released after posting $2,000 bonds.

Loznicka, who escaped the crowd and ran to a passing truck for help, has been charged with driving with a revoked license, driving with a revoked license plate and driving without insurance.