Three charged in fatal High Point crash; victim identified

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Officials have charged three women in connection with a fatal head-on collision in High Point.

Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a two-car collision in the 2400 block of West English Road.

Investigators said an 1998 Saturn driven by Delonia Juwanna Slaton, 27, was traveling east on W. English Road when it traveled left of center and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker driven by 37-year-old Nickey Len Jacobs.

Victim: Nickey Jacobs, 37

Victim: Nickey Jacobs, 37

Jacobs’ vehicle overturned and landed on its roof.  Police said Jacobs “was not properly restrained” and died at the scene.

Jacobs, a father of five, turned 37 on Wednesday.

Slaton and her passenger, Rachel Denise Jones, 22, fled the scene on foot, police said.  A short time later, police say Slaton called them to report a hit and run.

Police say Slaton then called her mother, Catherine Mae Slaton, 47, who then drove to the scene.  After officers arrived, police say Catherine Slaton told them she was driving the vehicle and was injured in the accident.

Catherine Slaton was taken to High Point Regional Hospital where she submitted to a chemical analysis after being charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. At that point, police said Catherine Slaton stated her daughter, Delonia Slaton, was the one driving.

Delonia Slaton later came to the emergency room and was arrested.

Police said Delonia Slaton is charged with second-degree murder, felony hit and run and DWI. Catherine Slaton is charged with second-degree murder and filing a false police report.

Delonia Slaton was driving with a suspended license and had a prior DWI charge prior to Wednesday. Police are seizing her vehicle on Thursday.

Rachel Denise Jones, the passenger in Slaton’s vehicle, was charged on Friday afternoon with second-degree murder. Police had been searching for her since late Thursday.

Capt. Kirk said Jones was involved in a hit-and-run involving a child back in 2007. Jones, 16 at the time, was accused of running over a six-year-old at a bus stop near Montleiu Ave. on Dec. 4, 2007. Jones turned herself in to police on Dec. 14, 2007. Jones was charged in Sept. 2008 with hit-and-run and was released from jail in April 2010.

Capt. Kirk said because all three women delayed law enforcement during the investigation of the crash by lying about who was driving, all three women will face second-degree murder charges.

Delonia Slaton is being held on a $1 million bond.  Catherine Slaton is being held on a $250,000 bond.

The crash forced crews to block traffic near Boyer Street for nearly an hour.