Howell Charged In Fatal Accident

A fatal wreck has led to criminal charges against one of the drivers.

Twenty year-old Hailey Renee Howell is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the crash that killed 40 year-old Anthony Cox, Jr. on Highway 17 in Vanceboro in Craven County on October 13th.

Howell is also charged with driving left of center, failing to secure a passenger under age 16 and driving while her license was revoked. A 5 year-old in Howell's van was hospitalized after the crash but survived.


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  • by rachel Location: vanceboro on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    yes it wasnt the smartest thing this women did and she desevers whatever she gets but i know this little girl shes in the same class as my sons i was just talking to her today and we need to start thinking about the victims in the situation more then what and why it happened my heart goes out to the family of the driver in the other car and hope that 1 day the little angel (who is so brave) will fully recover and not have any scars (emotionally or physically)
  • by Debby Location: New Bern on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    RITA-I totally agree with you, what could a 20 year old have done to loose their license. Some people just need to get thier priorities straight and quit doing selfish things because they dont care about what people think. So they self distruct and dont care who they bring down with them. Even if it was an innocent 5 year old whose life is forever changed my the incident.
  • by to RITA on Oct 29, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    How about you just worry about yours. You have the information you wanted from WITN. If anything, this could be an invasion of privacy if they posted anymore. Why her license was revoked is none of your business apparently. That's whats wrong with you people these days is that you're so worried about who is doing what, and when, and where. Mind your own business, just be glad that WITN actually updated you on whats going on. I'm very glad that this girl's daughter is going to recover, and my condolences go to the Cox family.
  • by RITA on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    I certainly hope justice is served. If she is willing to get behind a wheel and drive knowing it is illegal to do so, then she deserves to be sentenced. we should obey the laws of the land! I wonder why exactly at 20 years old, were her licenses revoked anyway.
  • by Grandpa Location: Aurora on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    When we raise our children we expect them to turn out a certain way.Some children turn out to be a parent's dream child,other's turn out to be not so good,for what ever the reason's we may never know or understand, but we love our children anyway.What Ms.Howell done is certainly wrong, my prayers go out to the family of the deceased. I want to clear up something about the accident.My granddaughter was not thrown from the vehicle.The vehicle directly in front of Ms.Howell stopped and removed my granddaughter from the car seat and applied pressure to the left arm where her main artery was severed. Another person directly behind Ms.Howell also helped my granddaughter.If it were not for these 2 people my granddaughter would not have made it.I know these person's names but i'm not going to disclose them.I thank GOD that they acted as fast as they did.They are true heroes.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    If you notice, she is 20 yrs. of age; her child is 5 yrs. of age. She had the child when she was 15 yrs. of age. She was driving with a revoked license, but the reason isn't stated. Now, she has killed someone with her vehicle, and caused serious damage(could have resulted in death to) her own child, all at the 'ripe old age' of 20 yrs. Something went terribly wrong many years ago, with this one.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    Man, talk about irresponsible! Bad enough she is a horrible driver but to bot buckle the child in makes her stupid too. She is lucky that baby did not die too.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Terrible results and so many ruined lives due to the fact of people ignoring the law. Her liscense were revoked. Now someone's loved on is dead, her child is hurt, and she will go to prison, ust because she did what she wanted to do! So sad for all concerned.
  • by Bryant Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    I say put her in prison for 30 years. If she had not been driving with a REVOKED license, she would not have been in that place at that time and killed the victim. She clearly has no respect for the law and therefore is useless to society.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:48 AM
    The authorities need to keep her locked upped. As you can tell by the charges she has no respect for others or reguard for the law. When she get out of jail she will start to drive again.
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