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Passenger dies in DWI crash
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Passenger dies in DWI crash




A Bailey woman died early Wednesday when a drunken driver smashed her sport utility vehicle into a tree in Raleigh, state troopers said.

Amanda Brooke Massingill, 21, of 15096 Old Smithfield Road just east of Bailey, was riding in the front passenger seat of 29-year-old Lydia Marie Mills’ Pontiac SUV when it ran off the road and hit a tree, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Mills, of 4104 Labrador Drive, Raleigh, ran off the road on her own street at 2:39 a.m. Wednesday, Gordon said. The crash happened on Labrador Drive near its intersection with Old Milburnie Road in a northeastern Raleigh neighborhood.

"It ran off the right shoulder, struck a tree and entered the ditch, where it came to a final rest,” Gordon said. "As a result of the collision, the front-seat passenger died.”

Massingill was attending college and studying to be a teacher, according to her obituary. Her funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church on N.C. 58 north of Wilson.

Gordon said Mills was drunk and that alcohol use and speeding contributed to the crash. She also allegedly was driving on a revoked license.

Paramedics took Mills to WakeMed’s Raleigh campus, where she was treated for injuries sustained in the wreck, Gordon said.

Troopers charged Mills with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to maintain lane control.
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connie collins said...

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. J.L. thought the world of you Charles and I appreciated your family being his friend. Will be thinking and praying for your whole family.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 8:24 AM
here we go said...

Someone actually thinks those who break the law will follow a curfew because a person breaking the law is not responsible? Sorry, but I can be out at 3:00am and still be the same responsible person I am at 12 noon. By the way, some of us are up at 3:00am getting ready for duck hunting, fishing and other enjoyable activities while you sleep.

Monday, February 04, 2013 at 1:00 PM
re:once again. said...

Yea great idea! NOT! I do not want any more of my freedom taken from me. Having a curfew enforced? Get real. Just because you go to bed at 7 pm doesn't mean everyone else does. Get a life!
Now to the actual story. This is indeed tragic. The driver should have already been placed in jail for her previous charges. Keep letting them walk, and innocent people will continue to suffer.

Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Once again said...

Another example of how a curfew for everyone would save lives. This happened at 2:39 a.m. People should either be home in bed at that hour or at work if they work shifts. Otherwise, everyone of every age should be home by midnight.
Also, we have to find some way to better monitor drivers. Reading the district court "voluntarily dismissed" lists is a joke! I tell all of the young drivers I know to drive as if everyone else on the road is a possible threat, since you never know if they're drunk, high, legally licensed, or have insurance.

Friday, February 01, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Thomas said...

It won't bring back this lovely young lady however it would be good to see the driver receive real punishment. She made this choice to drink and drive and it was not her first time to drink and drive.

Friday, February 01, 2013 at 9:41 AM
Never learn... said...

This isn't her first DWI, why can't people see the seriousness of this behavior! RIP and prayers go out to the family of the deceased.

Friday, February 01, 2013 at 8:36 AM
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