The State Highway Patrol has filed a murder charge against a driver involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident in northern Johnston County that claimed the life of his friend. The crash happened around 9:30pm Friday, June 4th on Highway 39 at Richardson Road.
Jacob Edwardo Miner, 25, of Middlesex has been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and driving on a revoked license from a previous DWI conviction.
The State Highway Patrol said Miner was traveling southbound on Highway 39 in a gray Saturn SUV when he failed to slow down for a motorcycle ahead of him slowing to make a left turn onto Richardson Road. Miner struck the motorcycle from behind, ejecting the driver, Dillon Chance Keesling, 29, of Zebulon. Keesling died at the scene from his injuries.
Authorities said Miner and Keesling had been friends for more than 10 years.
Troopers are investigating whether the crash may have been intentional. Officers said Miner is suspected of being impaired by alcohol and narcotics.
Miner had two prior DWI convictions in Wake and Craven counties. He was awaiting trial on a third DWI charge when the fatal crash occurred Friday night. The crash marked his fourth DWI charge.
Miner is being held without bond at the Johnston County Jail.
Trooper C.M. Wilson said the SUV and motorcycle have been seized as part of their criminal investigation. Johnston County Report has learned authorities plan to execute a search warrant on the SUV for potential additional evidence.