NC dad apprehended after alcohol-related crash killed daughter, deputies say

RAEFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — A man charged in an alcohol-related crash that killed his young daughter last year is now in custody in the Hoke County Detention Center, officials said.

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Jahiyah Buie, 7, died a day after the Aug. 4, crash on North Hilltop Road in Raeford, the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office said.

Buie’s father, Jabar Gillespie, was charged with second-degree murder in the case, but he was not apprehended and deputies were looking for him.

The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. when Gillespie went off the road to the left and struck a tree, according to a crash report filed by the State Highway Patrol.

Troopers believe he was going between 65 and 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to the report. He was also intoxicated at the time, according to Hoke County authorities.

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Gillespie, 29, formerly of Red Springs, was hospitalized after the crash, but left the area, officials said.

Hoke County authorities could not find him, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police located him Monday and discovered Gillespie was sought by Hoke County deputies.

He was transferred to Hoke County officials on Tuesday.

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