MIDDLESEX, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been charged with second-degree murder in an apparent drag race that killed four people and injured several others.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said investigators believe two cars were in a pre-arranged race when one driver lost control and struck a group of people watching nearby about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the people killed, at least three were injured.
Court records show that Jimmy Pearce II of Zebulon is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He made his first court appearance Monday.
The Highway Patrol says in a news release that Pearce hit the victims with his 1989 Ford Mustang in the crash in Johnston County, about 30 miles east of Raleigh.
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