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Man charged in wrong-way crash that killed UNCC student and another teen

Ryan Michael Menke (left) and Dana Michelle Wilson were killed in a Feb. 6 wrong-way crash in Lumberton. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with second-degree murder and other charges.
Ryan Michael Menke (left) and Dana Michelle Wilson were killed in a Feb. 6 wrong-way crash in Lumberton. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with second-degree murder and other charges.

A Robeson County man has been charged with second-degree murder in the wrong-way crash in February that killed a UNC Charlotte student and her boyfriend.

The driver of an oncoming car, student Dana Michelle Wilson, 18, and passenger Ryan Michael Menke, 18, both of Wilmington, died in the Feb. 6 crash near Lumberton.

Broderick Lamont Jones, 38, was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving and driving the wrong way, WBTV reported.

Jones was headed home from a Super Bowl party, investigators told the TV station, when he drove the wrong way for several miles on U.S. 74. The Robeson County District Attorney’s Office said the combined speeds of his and Wilson’s car at impact was about 150 mph.

Jones’ North Carolina driving history includes three 30-day suspensions for DWI offenses, in 2000, 2008 and 2016, The Robesonian reported. His criminal history, the news site said, includes convictions of assault inflicting serious injury, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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