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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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