Weldon woman faces death by motor vehicle charge after fatal wreck

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 8:47 am | Updated: 8:51 am, Fri Aug 16, 2013.

A Weldon woman is facing a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge and an October trial for her role in a traffic collision that led to the death of a Roanoke Rapids man, police said.

Capt. Andy Jackson, head of investigations for the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, said Johnelle Moore, 21, of Weldon, had her safe movement violation upgraded to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle late Thursday night by Officer Mike Moseley.

Jackson explained the charge as relating to a person who takes the life of another human being unintentionally by committing a violation of state law or local ordinance applying to the operation or use of a vehicle.

Moore is free after posting a $5,000 secured bond, Jackson said, adding she faces an Oct. 4 trial date.

The charge stems from a June wreck in the city limits that resulted in injuries to a local man, who died Tuesday.

Bradley “Brad” Michael Denning, 30, of Roanoke Rapids, died at Vidant Inpatient Hospice Center in Greenville.

Jackson previously said around 10:18 p.m. June 10, a Taotao Scooter driven by Denning was headed west on East 10th Street going into the intersection with Park Avenue when it collided with a 2012 Toyota driven by Moore.

Preliminary findings indicated the Toyota was turning from 10th onto Park heading toward Manning Elementary School when the crash occurred.

Jackson said Moseley initially filed a citation against Moore for a safe movement violation.

“Basically (the driver) turned into the path of the scooter,” Jackson said.

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