Murder Charge Pending In Fatal 100+ MPH Crash

CLAYTON – The State Highway Patrol has released the name of an innocent driver killed by an out of control vehicle speeding more than 100 miles per hour.  The fatal collision was reported just before 11:00am Saturday on the Highway 70 Clayton Bypass approximately 274 feet from the intersection of Highway 42.

According to troopers, Derrick Lydell Glasco Howard of Princeton was operating a red Dodge passenger car westbound on the Highway 70 Bypass.   According to witnesses, Howard stopped in the westbound travel lane, then “slammed on the gas” and quickly reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  The car spun out of control, traveled off the roadway, up an embankment and onto the opposite side of the roadway.

Howard’s car struck the driver’s side door of a blue Buick traveling eastbound on the Bypass and driven by Robert Lee Sanders of Raleigh.  The Buick ran off the roadway to the right, struck a ditch and went up an embankment under the bridge for Highway 42.  The red Dodge overturned to the left and came to rest on its wheels.

Robert Lee Sanders was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Howard was transported to the hospital. His condition was not released.  Troopers said charges against him are pending. We have learned those charges will include second-degree murder.

Photos by John Payne