LUMBERTON — The mother of a man charged with fleeing the scene of a three-car accident that killed a woman and injured two others has been charged with lying to investigators about her son’s involvement, according to the state Highway Patrol.
Wendy Anderson Chavis, 51, of 1642 Henry Berry Road, is charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an arrest and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate her car, Trooper R.D. Terry said.
Chavis is the third person to be charged in the July 21 accident on U.S. 74 that killed 34-year-old Misty Dawn Sanders, of 3815 Dallas Road in Lumberton.
Her son, 26-year-old Kenneth Shawn Chavis, of the same Henry Berry Road address, was arrested on July 24 and is charged with hit-and-run, careless and reckless driving, driving while license revoked and a seat belt violation, according to Terry, who investigated the accident.
Kenneth Chavis, who reported his mother’s 1994 Chevrolet stolen 15 minutes after the accident, told investigators that he panicked and ran from the accident, Terry said. Chavis called his girlfriend, 22-year-old Khelia Raynea Blue, who picked him up from a nearby home, according to Terry. Blue, of 5014 S. Chicken Road in Lumberton, is charged with being an accessory to a hit-and-run.
Kenneth Chavis was traveling west on U.S. 74 in his mother’s 1994 Chevrolet on July 21 when he attempted to pass a 2004 Oldsmobile, according to Terry. Chavis attempted to merge the Chevrolet back into the westbound lane and side-swiped the Oldsmobile before crashing head-on into Sander’s car, Terry said.
Sanders 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.
Kenneth Chavis is being held in the Robeson County jail under a $15,000 bond.