Man Charged With DWI After Fatal Crash; Released From Jail 8 Hours Earlier

Authorities say a man who had been released from jail less than eight hours earlier was involved in a fatal crash that killed another man and injured a woman.

The Highway Patrol says 20-year-old Paul O'Connor of Ayden died after the car he was riding in crashed into a tree and overturned.

Troopers say the driver, 21-year-old Tommie Thompson III, was traveling 90 miles per hour down Ivy Road, outside of Greenville Tuesday night around 10:15. They say he went off the road, hit a ditch, crashed into a tree and then flipped.

Seventeen-year-old Jacy Wilson was also in the vehicle. She was treated and released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The Highway Patrol says Thompson and O'Connor were not wearing seat belts. They also say Thompson and Wilson made up a story that another person had been driving and ran from the crash. Troopers say the two later admitted at the hospital that Thompson was behind the wheel .

Thompson faces DWI, felony death by motor vehicle, driving while license revoked and reckless driving charges. He and Wilson are charged with possession of marijuana. His bond is set at $155,000.

Jail records show Thompson was arrested May 18th on a larceny charge and was released on bond at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.


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