Whitsett woman killed by drunk driver, suspect charged

WHITSETT, N.C. – A husband from Whitsett is mourning his wife after police said she was killed by a drunk driver.

Authorities said Pattie Ash-Luck died at the scene after being struck Friday on Highway 49 in Albemarle. Officials said the driver responsible was under the influence.

Troopers have charged 24-year-old Zachary Butler from Norwood, N.C., with driving while impaired in her death.

The 49-year-old victim’s family said she was on her way back home to Whitsett from work at the time.

The suspect was reportedly driving 75 to 80 miles per hour, crossed the lane after illegally passing another driver and then struck Ash-Luck’s Ford head on.

Officials said Butler was ejected from his pickup truck and suffered severe head trauma and broken legs.

More charges are pending, even though Butler is still recovering in Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, according to authorities.

Dennis Luck, the victim’s husband, said Pattie had a heart of gold and was an amazing family woman and a giver.

“She had no chance to get out of the way, she was there at the wrong time,” he said. “Just stay at home if you’re going to drink. Stay at home, don’t get behind the wheel.”

Butler has a previous criminal record for drug charges in 2006 and felony breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods in 2009, according to state records.

Those wanting to give donations and honor Pattie, can contact the family at deluck5494@yahoo.com.