22-year-old NC woman admits to texting while driving at time of fatal crash

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A woman in Charlotte is facing multiple charges in a fatal crash that happened late Sunday night, according to WBTV.

The wreck happened at about 11:52 p.m. on Mt. Holly road near Chattaroy Drive.

Jessica Bailey Sowell, 22, drove her Nissan Altima across the center line and struck a GMC Yukon driven by 53-year-old Casey Clarence Townsend head on.

Townsend was pronounce dead on the scene after his GMC rolled into a ditch.

Sowell was charges with misdemeanor death by vehicle, texting while driving, trafficking heroin, possession with intent to sell or distribute MDMA, possession with intent to sell or distribute methamphetamine, felony possession of schedule II drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle.

According to WBTV, Sowell admitted to texting when the crash happened.

Police told WBTV alcohol and speed were not likely factors.

The crash is still under investigation and Sowell was taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

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