Drunk Driver Causes Fatal Accident

 

An accident on Great Marsh Church Road in Lumberton claimed the life of a passenger Wednesday.

 

Wesley E. Sikes was charged with a DWI, aggravated death by motor vehicle and hit and run according to a report filed by Trooper H. P. Locklear.

 

The vehicle being operated by Sikes ran off the road and hit a mailbox. As Sikes came back onto the road, he ran off the other side of the road and into a ditch. The vehicle traveled about 300 feet after the impact.

 

A passenger, Willie Benson, was thrown from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Benson died from the injuries he sustained at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

 

Sikes ran after the accident, but was found a short time later.
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