Wilson woman accused in fatal DWI crash

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BENSON — A Wilson County woman is suspected of impaired driving in a New Year’s Day crash that took an elderly woman’s life, according to state troopers.

Jennifer Price Farmer, 42, of 533 Akron Road south of Wilson, allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on wreck at 3:51 p.m. Monday.

Farmer was driving a 2011 Chevrolet passenger car that crossed the double-yellow centerline and struck a Buick sport utility vehicle, according to Sgt. Michael Baker of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on N.C. 27 East near Hodges Chapel Road west of Benson.

Baker said a backseat passenger in the SUV, 79-year-old Margie Davis Tuberville of Cameron, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Farmer and the SUV’s driver, whose name has not been released, were both taken to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh for treatment of their injuries.

Baker listed crossing the centerline and driver impairment as contributing factors to the collision and said the N.C. Highway Patrol expects to charge Farmer in the 79-year-old woman’s death.

Farmer is on probation following a Dec. 14 conviction on breaking and entering of vehicles and obtaining property by false pretense in Johnston County, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.

She has previous convictions of larceny from a merchant and possessing stolen goods in 2011 and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in 2010, all in Pitt County.