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Murder charges result from deadly street race

A Zebulon man is now facing four counts of second degree murder following his involvement in what the State Highway Patrol says was an illegal street race in Johnston County, NC.

According to reports, the accused was racing his 1989 Ford Mustang alongside a yet-to-be identified individual on a two lane road near Middlesex when he lost control of his vehicle and plowed through a crowd of spectators before hitting a tree. As a result four bystanders were killed and another three critically injured. The defendant suffered only minor injuries and is being held on a $1 million bond in Johnston County jail. Along with the murder charges, he also faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

These types of tragic incidents exemplify why law enforcement across North Carolina along with prosecutors often take a hard stance when it comes to serious traffic charges. Fortunately, not every incident of reckless or aggressive driving, excessive speeding, or racing results in death, but consequences often include costly fines, license revocation, and vehicle forfeiture. As this case demonstrates, what began as an illegal street race turned into death and murder charges, forever altering the lives of those involved.

Source:, "Fourth murder charge filed in street-racing crash" July 14, 2015