Woman who hit 4 bicyclists in NC was on probation for drug charges

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ANGIER, N.C. – The woman who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit four bicyclists in Johnston County Saturday was on probation for felony drug charges, records show.

Donnie Marie Williams was sentenced to more than five years probation in September 2013 on multiple felony drug charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a Schedule II substance.

The cyclists, three men and one woman, were hit around 2:45 p.m. Saturday on Massengill Pond Road near Sue Drive, officials said.

The four bicyclists all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were identified as Christopher Graham, 34, Joel Arthur Lawrence, 57, Lynn Lashley, 57, and Michael Dayton, 60, according to officials.

Lawrence, who lives in High Point, was released from the hospital with very minor injuries. Chris Graham, of Durham, was released from the hospital with a broken pelvis and bone chips in his knee and ankle.

Lashley, who suffered multiple broken bones, and Dayton, who has been unconscious since the crash, are both still listed in critical condition.

Authorities said Williams did stop at the scene of the crash.

Troopers are consulting with prosecutors about what kind of charges to file against Williams. They say they are still looking into if Williams was texting or using her phone, but say alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.

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