Fatal wreck leads to murder charge and other charges

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 12:48 PM

A man believed to have been driving drunk faces a murder charge as well as multiple other charges after a three-vehicle wreck Sunday that ended in a fatality.

David Lane King has been charged with second-degree murder, driving while impaired, open container, driving while license revoked, running a red light, reckless driving and driving left of center in connection with the Sunday afternoon wreck.

Patrick Carlin Hawkins of 5303 Carol Avenue, Indian Trail, died in Sunday's wreck, Sgt. Craig Bradshaw of the Monroe Police Department said.

According to a report from the Monroe Police Department, a little before 6 p.m., King, 36 of 1710 Mount Pleasant Church Road, was traveling on Highway 601 North towards Deese Road in a 1991 Chevrolet when he crossed left of center and side swiped a 2002 Toyota driven by Kenneth Wayne Hunter, 63, of 1415 Mill Creek Church Road, Monroe. The collision caused King's vehicle to spin to the left. Richard Rodman Mullis, 48, of 300 Lydia Street, Monroe, who was driving a 2002 Ford, then ran into King's vehicle in the passenger side door. Hunter's vehicle left the road on the right side after the first collision sliding backwards. King and Mullis' vehicles both came to a stop where the collision occurred. Hawkins, who was a passenger in King's vehicle, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the wreck where he later died from his injuries.

"Everyone was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte," Bradshaw said.

This included Hunter and Mullis as well as Miranda Lynn Mullis of 4112 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe, who was a passenger in Mullis' vehicle and Linda Sue Hunter, of 1415 Mill Creek Church Road, Monroe, who was a passenger in Hunter's vehicle. With the exception of Hawkins, who died from his injuries, everyone else involved in the wreck had serious but non-life threatening injuries. As of Tuesday afternoon, King was still in the Union County Jail under a $150,500 bond and had a Sept. 5 court date. Tuesday afternoon police were waiting on results of a blood test to determine King's blood alcohol level at the time of Sunday's wreck, Bradshaw said.