LUMBERTON — A Pembroke man and his girlfriend have been charged in connection with a three-car accident Saturday that killed a Lumberton woman and injured two others, according to the Highway Patrol.
The man, Kenneth Shawn Chavis, 26, of 1642 Henry Berry Road, apparently reported the car stolen about 15 minutes after the accident that killed Misty Dawn Sanders, 34, of 3815 Dallas Road, according to Sgt. Scottie Chavis. The car, a 1994 Chevrolet, was registered to Chavis’ mother, Wendy Anderson Chavis, of the same Henry Berry Road address.
Kenneth Chavis, who was arrested on Tuesday, is charged with hit-and-run, careless and reckless driving, driving while license revoked and a seat belt violation, according to Trooper R.D. Terry, who investigated the accident. Khelia Raynea Blue, 22, of 5014 S. Chicken Road in Lumberton, has been charged with being an accessory to the hit and run. Chavis is being held at the Robeson County jail under a $15,000 bond; Blue’s bond was set at $5,000.
Chavis was traveling west U.S. 74 on Saturday when he attempted to pass a westbound 2004 Oldsmobile, according to the accident report. Chavis attempted to merge the Chevrolet back into the westbound lane and side-swiped the Oldsmobile before crashing head-on into Sanders’ vehicle, according to the report.
Sanders later died at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. The driver of the Oldsmobile was also treated at the hospital. A passenger in Sanders’ vehicle was treated by paramedics from Robeson County.
Chavis told Terry that he panicked and ran from the accident, Terry said. He called Blue, who picked him up from a nearby home.