NC Man Sentenced In Fatal Wreck

A 51-year-old North Carolina man has been sentenced to up to 5 1/2 years in prison for slamming into another vehicle at more than 100 mph, killing a 34-year-old passenger and seriously injuring two others.

The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro reported Morris Patterson of
Greensboro was found guilty Friday of charges including involuntary manslaughter, serious injury by vehicle, and driving while impaired.

His car hit a van in June 2007 as it turned left into a driveway
near Ramseur. Front-seat passenger Jeffrie Scotton died at the
scene. The driver and another passenger were seriously injured.

Patterson's attorney, Dick Roose, said the van's driver
shouldn't have turned in front of his client. He argued Patterson
was not traveling 103 mph as a reconstruction team determined, but
said that shouldn't matter.

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  • by Anonymous Location: nearby on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:05 PM
    Driving drunk is wrong. Speeding is wrong but we as the people must realize is that even though this man made a mistake and it caused some one their lives the man in the front seat made the choice to drink and get in the car putting himself at risk for what ever to happen. I do agree it is wrong but we just have to pray for the driver and the victim's family that they seek peace in their lives and not revenge. I am pretty sure that even though the passenger is gone, having to leave with the fact that one mistake caused the death of a man is punishment enough and I know for a fact that that the driver is paying for his mistakes. So instead of getting mad and saying he should get this and that just be thankful that it was not you or one of your family members.
  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on Aug 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    I would hope he has a good job because if he kill my wife I would have him for wrongful death and violation of her civil rights. He would be working for me the rest of his life.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Aug 2, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    I know a gun, knife or club will kill. If I use one to kill I will be sentenced to death but I can drive a car drunk and get away with only 5 1/2 years, There is something wrong with this picture.
  • by suthernman Location: greenville on Aug 2, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    If he can play football he's got a good shot in the NFL
  • by anonymous Location: washington on Aug 2, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    Families of victims of drunk drivers should first be able to slowly kill the drunk driver; then sue the store that sold the alcohol. Maybe someone will eventually get the picture, drinking and alcohol don't mix. MADD
  • by what do it matter on Aug 1, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    Wow I guess life do mean anything
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    He only gets 5 and half years ...he took a life now he needs to spend the rest of life locked away in prison not just 5 years alife for a life..........

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