The driver of a vehicle in which a passenger died Tuesday morning is in fair condition and will be charged, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said this afternoon.
Captain Scott Hall said warrants have been drawn for the arrest of the driver, Chrishawn Johnson, 29 of Fayetteville.
He will face multiple charges to include death by motor vehicle, speeding to elude arrest, speeding, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane control.
The sheriff’s office said Tuesday the events that led to the crash began around 2 that morning when Deputy D. Harrison was running radar and clocked the Charger Johnson was driving at a speed of 117 near the 169 mile marker.
Harrison initiated a traffic stop for the violation and the driver turned off the lights and fled southbound on the interstate.
Harrison pursued behind the vehicle until he saw the vehicle collide with a guard rail and flip multiple times.
Trooper J.T. Keeter of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Tuesday after initial investigation the contributing factor in the crash was speed and careless and reckless driving which claimed the life of Tylon Jordan and had initially left Johnson in critical condition at ECU Medical Center in Greenville. Jordan was also 29 and from Fayetteville.
Keeter was dispatched to the scene at the 160.5 mile marker around 2:30 and his initial investigation shows that the Charger traveled off the roadway to the right, collided with a guardrail and overturned several times. He said it is estimated the vehicle was traveling over 100 miles per hour when it struck the guardrail.
Both Jordan and Johnson were ejected, the sheriff’s office said. Two backseat passengers escaped life-threatening injuries in the crash.