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Passenger charged with causing fatal Pender County wreck

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a passenger grabbed a car’s steering wheel causing an accident that claimed the life of a woman in Pender County.

The crash claimed the life of the driver, Jennie Marie Moore, 27, of Burgaw.   

Lance Christopher Powers, 26, is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Troopers say he grabbed the steering wheel of the car and it smashed into an oncoming vehicle on North Carolina 53.

Authorities said they interviewed witnesses before bringing the charge.

Three people in the other car were injured. Powers remains hospitalized. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

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