Driver in fatal Stokes County crash faces charges

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WALNUT COVE, N.C. — The driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal crash last week in Stokes County was charged Friday in connection with his role in the incident, authorities said.

Justin Watkins, 24, who lives in the Lawsonville community in northern Stokes County, was charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, said Trooper Ronnie Baker of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Watkins was driving a 1989 Chevrolet pickup that crossed the center lane in the 3700 block of N.C. 89 in Walnut Cove shortly before midnight and struck a car carrying three people on September 14.

He is booked in the Stokes County Jail under $100,000 bond.