Trial Continued In Drunk Driving Fatality Case

A trial for the Pitt County young woman lawmen say drove drunk and caused a wreck that killed her friend has been continued. It was scheduled to start Monday.

Carla Atallah, 22, pleaded not guilty just over a year ago for the Sept. 2009 drunk driving crash. She faces a second degree murder charge in the death of Ryan Worthington. The 21-year-old man was a passenger in the car Atallah was driving.

Lawmen said Atallah's license had been revoked before the crash and the woman had two pending DWI charges along with a hit and run charge. Atallah's case has been continued several times and was once again Monday.

Her next court date is now set for February 27th.


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  • by Friend Of RTW on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    I wish they can go ahead and decide her fate so ryan family can have some justice:(
  • by Sad Clown Location: Wilson on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    It's funny to me that she is crying now but she want crying when she was driving drunk and Killed her so called Friend,How is it that this goes on in our Court system.Two pending DWI'S ,Suspended License ,Hit and run how was she still able to drive.Oh that's right MONEY and Crooked Lawyers and Judges..
  • by Ann Location: Greenville on Sep 13, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Why was this case continued again? Let's have the complete story!!!!
  • by Unseen Justice Location: NC on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    Daily Reflector and WITN, the accident was in August, not in September as many of the stories are reporting. Thanks for correcting when you can.
  • by Unseen Justice Location: NC on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Our family has suffered for the past two years since we lost Ryan. All we have asked is for closure and justice. We can no longer protect Ryan, but we can certainly do all we can to protect the lives of other innocent people. Carla's first DWI could be called an error in judgment or mistake, however, she chose to continue with a careless lifestyle that took the life of a young man and devastated our family. She never learned, which is apparent with a 3rd DWI/accident that led to death. Therefore it cannot be called a mistake and one cannot claim innocence in this situation. It is unacceptable and irresponsible. To hear her plead "not guilty" over a year ago was very difficult. Ryan was robbed of the opportunity to continue his life; however we are not asking for Carla’s life, we are only asking her to serve for what she is undoubtedly guilty of. To know she has not served any punishment for her careless, thoughtless, and selfish actions is unbelievable and heartbreaking; proving an extremely flawed justice system plagued by corruption.
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      by Joan on Sep 13, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to Unseen Justice
      I don't know any of the people involved, but I know that it could easily have been my own family affected by this habitual drunk driver. I am so sorry for your loss - there really are no words to say when a family loses a loved one, but I am truly sorry.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to Joan
        If Ryan was here, is this what he would have wanted? Hasn't he had DUI's as well? He choose to ride with her, as he was the drunk in the passenger seat. Yes she shouldnt have been driving, nor had access to her PARENTS CAR. All lessons should have been learned after all of the first DUI's. I don't blame anyone in this situation, they were irresponsible together.
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          by Friend on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:51 AM in reply to
          That seems easy for you to say. What if it were one of your close friends, or god forbid someone in your family? Would you feel the same way then? Most likely not. Justice needs to be served not only for what happened to Ryan, but also for all of the other mishaps she has been in.
  • by Thats normal for Pitt Co Location: Crooked Judges on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    Most the Pitt county judges let the drunks go if they blow .15 or under. They always find a reason and the DA doesn,t mind reducing any other charges to Improper equipment. I saw a 106 mph reduced to Improper equipment last week. You dont even need equipment to know you are going that fast!! We need to replace most everyone in the court system, starting with judge Vincent (the worst judge with the lowest conviction rate in the state for dwi)
  • by In the know!!!! Location: Pitt County on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    Before anyone goes out and votes next time, you need to go to the district courtroom DC01 and listen to some of the excuses the judges have for finding people not guilty. IT IS A JOKE!! Judge Vincent routinely says, "I know you blew over the legal limit and you may have had a wreck, but I still have some doubt as to you being impaired." Even on one case I remember, subject pinned in the drivers seat at a wreck scene for an hour and the judge asked, "did you see him driving" NOT Guilty. Judge Vincent, you should be so lucky as to get hit by a drunk you let go!!!
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      by Joan on Sep 13, 2011 at 05:28 AM in reply to In the know!!!!
      Wow - this is so corrupt! I have no tolerance for drunk drivers because I have a lot of loved ones on the road and I don't want any of us meeting up with a drunk driver!
  • by Concerned on Sep 12, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    Is she still under house arrest or is she out and about enjoying her life?
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      by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 05:42 PM in reply to Concerned
      rumors are she is out and doing as she pleases, has been seen on facebook several times at bars down town...explain this one! She is supposed to be in rehab but that is a crock!!!!
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Sep 12, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    you drink and drive and kill someone you should be tried for first degree murder.Then put in a boot camp prison for life and throw away the key.
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      by jacobi on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:30 PM in reply to Fact Dog
      I agree FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR SURE! She should be in jail waiting for the trial not out having a good ole time somewhere.Not even deserving of house arrest. Put her with the criminals, she is surely one of them. I know she is not sitting in court crying in that picture. Tears for fear of going to jail for life. It should be tears because she ended poor ryans life! I think Ryans family is entitled to a speedy trial!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Sep 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    MG, you are exactly right. This is ridiculous!! This should have been over and finished by now!
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