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Murder charges filed in fatal crash

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Flowers, candles and crosses surround car parts and burned grass at the scene of a fatal crash that happened on New Year's weekend near the corner of Hines and Lodge streets.
Flowers, candles and crosses surround car parts and burned grass at the scene of a fatal crash that happened on New Year's weekend near the corner of Hines and Lodge streets.
Drew C. Wilson | Times
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A Wilson man faces second-degree murder charges after three women were killed in a fiery New Year’s weekend crash.

Wilson police arrested 31-year-old Brian J. Evans Thursday in connection to the deaths. He is charged with three counts of second-degree murder, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.

Evans, of 4012 Huntsmoor Lane, received a $3 million secured bond.

Evans was also served on an unrelated order for arrest on a Wayne County speeding charge. He received an additional $3,000 secured bond for that charge.

Authorities say 29-year-old Kimberly W. Davis, 27-year-old Dianna Anderson and 22-year-old Kera Barnes-Spells, all of Wilson, lost their lives when the vehicle they were in caught fire after colliding with Evans’ vehicle on Dec. 30.

The crash happened on Hines Street near its intersection with Lodge Street. The three women were pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:42 p.m. wreck.

An investigation determined Evans was traveling on Hines Street toward Pender Street when he ran a red light and collided with the other vehicle, which was traveling on Lodge Street toward downtown Wilson, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

Stroud said Evans’ blood was sent to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for testing. Test results showed he was under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and PCP at the time of the crash, according to authorities.

Police say high speeds were also a factor in the wreck.

Stroud said Wilson police are grateful to the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Accident Reconstruction Unit stationed in Greenville, which assisted Wilson officers in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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