Larry Womble addresses public after charge against him dropped

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Former N.C. House representative Larry Womble held a conference Wednesday morning to address the public after the charges related to a 2011 accident were dropped.

From his attorney David Freedman’s office, Womble detailed the extensive injuries he sustained in the December 2011 crash that killed 54-year-old David Allen Carmichael. 

Womble, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered critical injuries in the wreck.  He was released from the hospital in February after undergoing numerous surgeries.

Womble said he is still undergoing therapy and has not been able to walk since the accident.  He also lost sight in one of his eyes. 

Authorities announced Tuesday the charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle against the 71-year-old democrat had been dropped.  Womble was charged in May.

In their initial findings, police said Womble crossed the center line before colliding head-on with Carmichael’s vehicle on Reynolds Park Road.

However, Womble’s attorney told the Winston-Salem Journal that a subsequent investigation, which included an accident reconstruction, revealed Carmichael was the one who crossed into Womble’s path.

“The impact of the collision caused the cars to spin, resulting in Womble’s car ending up in the eastbound lane and causing witnesses to believe that Womble had crossed the cente line,” Freedman said, according to the Journal.

On Wednesday, Womble said he was glad the truth came out.  He also said hopes the Carmichael family will be able to heal. 

Police said blood samples showed Carmichael had a blood-alcohol level of .29 at the time of the crash, but initially, it was not considered a causal factor.

The Department of Justice said Tuesday in a statement that prosecutors lacked evidence to “further prosecute” Womble.

Womble announced in February that he would not seek re-election.  However, he said Wednesday he would be “working on issues and concerns when he can.” 

Womble said he “is not giving up” and would not rule out running for a political seat in the future. 

For the time being, Womble says his primary focus is recovery.