Second Victim In Smithfield Crash Dies

UPDATE 3:05 PM – Smithfield Police have confirmed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a detainer on Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez who is being held in the Johnston County Jail.

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Police announced today (Tuesday) a teenager critically injured in a traffic accident died this morning as a result of his injuries.

The accident happened at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Durwood Stephenson Highway and Wilson’s Mills Road in West Smithfield.  Police said a Toyota passenger car driven by Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez was speeding when he slammed into the back of a Dodge minivan with four people inside.

The driver of the Dodge, Marjory Howell Wagner Regan, 65, of Selma died at the scene.  This morning, Ethan Michael Handly, 15, of Smithfield, a passenger in the Dodge, died in the hospital.   Two other juvenile passengers, ages 14 and 15, remain hospitalized in stable condition.

Juarez-Antunez had already been charged with one count of death by motor vehicle.  Police said additional charges against Juarez-Antunez are pending following the death of the 15 year-old.

Police Chief Keith Powell said the accident still remains under investigation.  Chief Powell said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.


Photos by John Payne