19-year-old charged with DWI in head-on crash in Thomasville


Zachary Lane Poole, 19 (mugshot, left, provided by Thomasville Police)

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Police say a 19-year-old has been charged with DWI in connection with a head-on crash that left a woman seriously hurt.

According to police, the crash was reported around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Fisher Ferry and Denton roads.

Police say Zachary Lane Poole, who was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango, failed to yield right-of-way to a 2008 Toyota Highlander while turning left onto Fisher Ferry Road from Denton Road.

The driver of the Highlander, 29-year-old Monica Persiani, was trapped in her SUV as a result of the collision, police said.  She airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being extracted by rescuers.

Police said Persiani was in critical condition when she was flown to the hospital, although hospital officials said her condition had been upgraded to “serious” as of Wednesday morning.

Persiani’s 11-month-old daughter was riding in her SUV.  The infant was taken to Wake Forest Baptist by ambulance, however police said she was properly restrained in the backseat and did not appear to have any injuries.

Poole and his passenger, 28-year-old Amber Smith Kincaid, were also taken to Wake Forest Baptist by ambulance.  They were both listed in stable condition as of Tuesday, police said.

On Wednesday, police said Poole was charged with driving while impaired, driving without a license, failure to yield right-of-way and not wearing a seatbelt.  The suspect has been charged twice in the past with driving without a license, police added.

Further details were not available.

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