Driver from Warrenton involved in fatal crash last week in Louisburg
Warrenton’s Kenneth Edward Nichols is facing charges of second-degree murder and felony death by vehicle related to a crash last Saturday in Louisburg.
Cora Virginia Green died following the crash involving pickup trucks driven by her husband, John Henry Green, and Nichols. The crash happened on Bickett Boulevard in the intersection with Wade Avenue, was caught on tape from the nearby Sheetz store and alcohol is believed to have been a factor.
According to court docket records, Nichols is facing charges of second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle, aggravated death by vehicle, reckless driving, hit and run, driving while impaired and aggravated inflicting of serious injury by vehicle. He’s also charged with resisting officers after he tried to run from the scene.
Nichols was still in jail Friday, with bond set at $500,000. He is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in Franklin County District Court.
The 80-year-old Green’s funeral was Friday at Roland Chapel Christian Church.
According to Rick Lassiter, police chief in Louisburg, John Green remains at WakeMed in Raleigh in critical condition.
Lassiter said Nichols was believed to have been intoxicated and disregarded a red light driving north on Bickett. His Ford F-150 struck the Chevrolet S-10 driven by John Green.
“He ran under a red light at the intersection and struck the S-10 at the passenger door,” Lassiter said. “He proceeded through the intersection, then got out of his vehicle.”
A Louisburg officer was in the area when receiving the call about the crash, and intervened quickly. According to Lassiter, Nichols ran on foot when seeing the officer.
Nichols was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. Lassiter said a probe into the incident is ongoing with help from state investigators.
“We had several witnesses to the incident,” Lassiter said. “The wreck was also caught on videotape from the Sheetz there. The North Carolina state police is conducting an accident reconstruction.”
Lassiter said several credible witnesses are cooperating with investigators, and police would “very much” like to add a driver from a black pickup to the list. The man stopped and helped at the scene, then left before he could be interviewed.
“We are looking for that gentlemen,” Lassiter said. “The pickup has two horse stickers in the rear window.”
Discussions with prosecutors led to the second-degree murder charge, according to Lassiter.
“He blew a .15 on the intoxalizer,” Lassiter said. “I feel like anytime you get behind the wheel of a vehicle and you are that intoxicated, it is not an accident.”
He added the investigation found witnesses to Nichols’ drinking at a social gathering earlier in the afternoon before the crash at about 4:45.
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