Raleigh woman charged after woman dies in I-540 crash

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Pittsboro woman died in a chain-reaction crash that closed westbound I-540 in Wake County near Leesville Road Monday night, officials said.

(CBS North Carolina)
See 14 photos of the scene of both crashes along with images of the victim and suspect

Around 8:30 p.m., Dolores “Dede” Anne Wakefield of Pittsboro was traveling west on I-540 behind a Durham man in a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Wakefield and the Town and Country began to stop for a collision ahead of them when a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze operated by Brittaney Kendra Lowe-McGregor of Raleigh slammed into Wakefield’s vehicle.

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Wakefield’s Chevrolet Cobalt sustained heavy rear-end damage and was pushed into the Town and Country. Wakefield was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lowe-McGregor was charged with failure to reduce speed and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, the Highway Patrol said. She was cited and released at a nearby emergency room.

Wakefield worked as a promotions coordinator at Curtis Media Group.

Wakefield’s family said that she was a country music fan.


The collision involving Wakefield was one of a few major incidents on I-540 Monday.

In the first crash, a FedEx truck crashed into a car, sending the FedEx worker to the hospital. Nearby, a tractor-trailer jackknifed when it collided with a vehicle around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

All westbound lanes were closed when fuel was leaking from a tank on the tractor trailer.

Some lanes re-opened late in the afternoon after the first crash.

But then around 8:30 p.m., all lanes were closed again by the crash that killed Wakefield.

Earlier Monday afternoon, there were at least four wrecks in the traffic that was backed up from the original crash before the deadly incident.

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