The driver of a minivan involved in a head-on collision that killed four people July 15, was charged by the N.C. Highway Patrol on Wednesday.
Cheryl Powell Bailey of Wadesboro was charged with four counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle, one count of driving left-of-center and one count of reckless driving. She was served with a criminal summons by the District Attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon.
Bailey was driving a 2007 Chrysler van on N.C. 52 when she crossed the center line and hit a 2001 Audi head-on. The accident killed the driver of the Audi, Ryan O’Neal Robinson of Ansonville, his daughter, Latavia Robinson, 15, and his two grandchildren, Latresha Wall, 13, and Taleya Wall, 10. Robinson’s wife, Rose Lindsey Robinson, was in the front passenger seat and was seriously injured, but survived.
When asked why Bailey had driven left of center, 1st Sgt. M.R. Leach with the Highway Patrol said the cause has not yet been determined.
Charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle usually only cause the driver to lose his or her license for a year, Leach said, but can carry a sentence of up to several years in prison, depending on the circumstances.