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Woman faces second-degree murder charge

A Charlotte woman who had already been charged in connection with a crash that killed a Charlotte trucker has now been indicted for second-degree murder, Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell said today.

If convicted, Charla Dean Davis, 44, could face 15 years in prison, Bell said. She also faces additional charges of driving while impaired and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.

Earlier, Davis had been charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run, reckless driving, and driving with a revoked license.

She was being held in the Gaston County Jail under a $300,000 bond.

Davis told police she was driving the Saturn Vue that struck three pedestrians Aug. 7 on the Wilkinson Boulevard bridge over the Catawba River, near the Mecklenburg-Gaston county line. One of those pedestrians, Ronnie Gene Eudy, 40, died several hours later from his injuries.

Another pedestrian, Betty Faye Adams, was seriously injured. The third victim, Jerry Ames Leach, suffered lesser injuries.

Eudy had stopped his tractor-trailer behind to help the occupants of an SUV that had parked on the bridge after the driver became ill. Betty Faye Adams and Leach were passengers in that vehicle, which was driven by Calvin Adams. Police say Calvin Adams suffered a stroke or some type of seizure.

The vehicle that struck the pedestrians did not stop at the scene. Police found the Saturn Vue, a sport utility vehicle, several hours later in a Mount Holly apartment parking lot. Davis surrendered to police the next day.