North Carolina state troopers believe alcohol to have been a factor in an automobile accident on Interstate 40 East in Orange County on December 3 in which a Virginia man sustained fatal personal injuries.


The deceased, 35-year-old Marcus A.H. Frazier, and passenger Amanda Nicole Mawyer were the lone occupants of a Toyota SUV traveling on I-40 near New Hop Church Road. Troopers said that it was unclear which one was driving.


At about 4 a.m., troopers said the driver made an “evasive” right turn and the vehicle overturned multiple times. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt and both were ejected.


Frazier was killed instantly. Mawyer received transport to UNC Hospitals and was listed in critical condition. The two are related by marriage.


Troopers said they discovered beer cans in the vehicle and around the crash scene and detected a heavy odor of alcohol about the pair. A blood test on Mawyer was positive for alcohol.


Charges may be pending, according to troopers.

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