Fayetteville police file charges after 5 killed in ‘devastating’ crash

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police have filed charges against a man involved in an accident that killed five people on Cliffdale Road Wednesday night.

Terek Johnson in 2012 (Fayetteville police)
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A total of eight people were involved in the three-vehicle accident at Cliffdale Road and Lynhurst Drive, authorities said.

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Terek Rashad Johnson, 22, of Fayetteville was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang when it was involved in the collision. Police said Johnson had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

Johnson has been charged with with five counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger the public, driving left of center, and unsafe tires. Johnson is listed in serious condition at UNC Hospital.

Four passengers in the Mustang died.

Police identified those passengers as:

    • Kassandra Nicole Taylor Jones, 17
    • Latisha Allen, 33
    • Antonio Dewan Allen, 24

Police said a 15-year-old girl who was riding in the Mustang also died but did not release her name.

Lesly Williams, 22, of Autryville was riding in the backseat of the Mustang. Williams is in serious but stable condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Police confirmed those in the Mustang were coming from a pool party and were in bathing suits. The passengers were not carrying IDs, making it difficult to identify them.

Dadrian Thomas was driving a Crown Victoria involved. He was treated and released at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Shannah Botts was the fifth person who died in the crash.

Police said Botts, the 33-year-old mother of three, was behind the wheel of her green Kia when the Mustang slammed into her.

Botts’ best friend, Heather Boyd, wonders why something wasn’t done sooner about what she believes in a dangerous intersection, where cars often dart through traffic.

“Why it wouldn’t make sense to anybody else to have a light at this intersection?” Boyd asked.

CBS North Carolina found there were at least six accidents at that intersection since 2014. But Department of Transportation officials do not believe the intersection requires a traffic light. The DOT reviewed the intersection four years ago and will receive it again after this accident.

Boyd said something needs to be done on a road where, she said, people often exceed the speed limit.

“These people are going faster than 45, going faster than 50 even after knowing the accident that happened here Wednesday,” she said. “it doesn’t make any sense”

Thomas’ Crown Victoria was driving west on Cliffdale Road alongside Botts’ Kia. Both were traveling at about the posted speed limit of 45 mph, police said.

Johnson’s Mustang was traveling at a high rate of speed east on Cliffdale Road when he lost control and turned sideways.

The Mustang hit the Kia, became airborne and then hit the Crown Victoria on the driver’s side.

The Mustang landed on its roof in the westbound lanes.

Botts’ Kia stopped in the center turn lane with the Crown Victoria coming to a rest partially in the westbound right hand straight lane and partially on the sidewalk, police said.

“It was terrible. It was just kind of devastating,” said Lolandra Williams.

She lived next door to the Allens. She said they lost their mother just a couple weeks ago.

Williams also said she saw both the victims the day of the crash.

“I remember them leaving and all of them piling in that car like that,” Williams said.

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