Man charged in fatal crash at fast food restaurant

WILSON, North Carolina (AP) — A North Carolina man has been charged with a motor vehicle death offense in an accident that killed two sibling customers at a fast food restaurant last month, the state said. police Wednesday.

Wilson police obtained warrants charging Wilson’s Jesse Lee Lawrence, 75, with reckless driving and two counts of misdemeanor motor vehicle death on Tuesday, police said in a news release. Lawrence turned himself in to authorities that evening and was given an unsecured bond of $20,000.

A court official said court documents did not mention an attorney for Lawrence.

The single-vehicle accident happened on August 14 at a Hardee’s restaurant in the town of Wilson, about 65 kilometers east of the state capital, Raleigh. A Lincoln Aviator struck brothers Christopher Ruffin, 58, and Clay Ruffin, 62, both of Wilson, according to a police news release. Christopher Ruffin was pronounced dead at the scene, while his brother died at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville.

Photos from the scene showed the silver SUV appeared to have smashed through the front windows, coming to a stop inside the dining area on shattered glass and window frames.

Lawrence was treated at Wilson Medical Center and released. Police said at the time they did not believe the accident was related to medical reasons or disability.

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