The North Carolina Highway Patrol said that a woman from Lumberton whose car struck and caused fatal injuries to a bicyclist on Beam Road on September 3 has been charged with driving while impaired.


According to Trooper R.D. Wright, 58-year-old Joan Hunt Brooks was northbound about four miles west of Lumberton shortly before 9 p.m. when she passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone and struck 47-year-old Lumberton resident Steve Allen Locklear, who was northbound on a bicycle.


Wright said the impact tossed Locklear into the car’s windshield. He died at the scene.


Wright said that two passengers in Brooks’ vehicle, including a child, were uninjured in the accident.


Brooks suffered cuts and bruises in the collision. She tested positive for alcohol at the scene.


Brooks gave a blood sample at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries.


Wright said he will meet with the Robeson County district attorney to determine if more charges should be filed.

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