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Woman faces charges after fiery I-95 crash

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Firefighters check a smolder car that crashed on Feb. 26 in a wooded area along Interstate 95.

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Rocky Mount woman is facing three charges of traffic violations in connection with a recent fiery crash on Interstate 95 north of U.S. 64, the State Highway Patrol said.

Manaysia Martin, 21, is charged with operating a vehicle without a license and failing to maintain lane control, Trooper D.P. Efird said. Additionally, Martin is charged with operating a vehicle while a child under age 16 was aboard without the proper child passenger restraining system, Efird said.

Efird said Martin’s son, who was 2 years old at the time of the wreck, had been wearing a seat belt, but there hadn’t been any child restraint system of any kind in the car.

Also, Efird said he learned Martin didn’t possess a driver’s license.

Martin was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry on Feb. 26 north on I-95 near mile marker 139 when the car went off to the right and she over corrected.

The car sideswiped a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer and the car went off to the right again before striking a tree and catching on fire.

Efird said he recently went to see Martin and the child, both of whom were still hospitalized.

Efird said Martin hasn’t been able to say why she went off to the right of the interstate.

Efird said speed was never a factor in the wreck because Martin had been driving the posted limit of 70 mph at the time of the collision.

Martin, of the 1500 block of Cherry Street, is due on April 12 in District Court in Nashville.

The car was registered to one of Martin’s passengers, Twaneque Bryant, of the 300 block of Amos Street in Rocky Mount. There also was a fourth passenger in the car, Maurice Lyons, of the 4600 block of Hackney Road in Rocky Mount.

Efird said a wheelchair belonging to Lyons had been in the trunk of the car and said the wheelchair burned up as a result of the wreck.

Efird said to his knowledge, Bryant and Lyons are no longer being hospitalized.

The tractor-trailer is registered to PC Logistics Group, of the Chicago area.

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