MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) -
Matthews Police say a drunk driver with a previous charge is to blame for crash that killed two people Wednesday night.
Police say a Chevrolet Trailblazer collided with a Honda CRV SUV around 9:30 near the entrance to the Matthews Festival Shopping Center at the corner of Independence Boulevard and Matthews Township Parkway.
The driver of the Chevy SUV, Justin Wayne Jones, 28, of Matthews is charged with DWI and reckless driving. Police say he may face additional charges.
According to authorities, Marie Crook, 62, of Charlotte, was driving the Honda. She was killed, along with her daughter, Jennifer Hunt, 37, of Charlotte.
Hunt’s fiance, Yamonti Chambers tells WBTV he is devastated by the news.
“It was like a ton of bricks hit me,” he said.
In 2010, Monroe Police arrested Jones for drunk driving. Court records show the case was dismissed in 2011 because a police officer didn’t appear in court.
“I wish he would have been more responsible,” Chambers said.
Wednesday night, Matthews police say Jones was traveling northbound on Matthews Township Parkway. The victims were going southbound on Matthews Township and attempting to turn left onto Independence Blvd when Jones hit their vehicle.
Investigators say Jones was driving recklessly as he came through the intersection.
Police say Hunt’s two children were also in the car. They were hurt but are expected to be okay.
Hunt attended Next Level Church in Matthews and also worked part-time at the church. A couple of weeks ago when fellow church member Kayla Campbell was missing, the church’s pastor says Hunt “dropped everything and volunteered to help search for Kayla”.
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