Man faces more charges in DWI fatality

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 14, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
A China Grove man charged in a December collision that killed a 52-year-old Salisbury woman faces felony death by vehicle and additional charges.
Kenneth Lewis, 43, of 155 Moorland Park St., was charged the night of the accident with driving while impaired after the accident that claimed the life of Carolyn Wilson.
Wilson was heading home from work Dec. 6 when a Chevrolet pickup driven by Lewis crossed the center line on Mooresville Road and collided with her Toyota Prius. Wilson was flown to Carolinas Medical Center-Charlotte, where she was pronounced dead.
The N.C. Highway Patrol also charged Lewis with felony death by vehicle, driving left of center, expired registration card or tag and expired or no inspection sticker.
Lewis was also charged with hit/run failing to stop, property damage by another trooper.
Trooper M.P. Eason confirmed Lewis was involved in two different collisions: the hit and run, and the crash involving the fatality. Trooper B.P. Potts, who investigated the hit and run, was not available Thursday. He returns to work today.
According to the N.C. Department of Correction’s website, Lewis was charged with driving while impaired in May 1988. His license was revoked in 1991 and 2006. He was also charged with having an open container of alcohol after consumption in 2005 and 2006.
Lewis sustained minor scrapes and bruises in the December collision. He is expected to be in district court today regarding the expired registration and inspection sticker.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.