Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash

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Submitted: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:59am
Updated: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:05pm

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We are learning more about a Leland man charged with murder after a car crash friday that killed a 61-year-old woman.

The district attorney says Pierre Walker should never have been behind the wheel in the first place based on his checkered past.

Investigators say Walker, 26, was involved in not one, but two traffic accidents Friday afternoon. After hitting a van in Brunswick County, they say Walker continued speeding west on US 74/76. Near Delco he allegedly crossed over the median at a high rate of speed and hit Martha Mintz head-on and killing her instantly.

Investigators say Walker was high at the time of the accident.

“DWI drivers are a clear and present dangers to folks on the highway,” District Attorney Jon David said. “We had a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just coming home from work. She was literally in her work car at the time of the incident. It was 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. It could have been any of us.”

Walker is behind bars at the Columbus County Detention Center, where David says he should have been weeks ago.

“Because of the facts of the case and the defendant’s prior record, we can show that there is malice, which is something beyond death by motor vehicle, and in this particular circumstance we did the exceptional thing of choosing to charge him with murder, and we will be indicting him for murder and aggressively prosecuting him under the law,” David said.

Over the last 10 years Walker has faced 43 charges in New Hanover and Brunswick counties, including three DWIs, two of which he pleaded guilty to in February.

David says after his last conviction Walker should have faced a minimum 60-day sentence, but he says Judge Sandra Ray suspended his sentence to allow him to make a probation hearing in Columbus County set for today. Instead, he appeared in court on the murder charge.

“This is an individual that should not have been on the roadway,” David said. “He is somebody that needs to be prosecuted very harshly as we move forward.”

Walker faces charges of second degree murder and habitual DWI in Columbus County. David says he also plans to file charges against Walker in Brunswick County for the first of two crashes Friday.

Today a judge set Walker’s bond at $1 million.

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55 Comments on "Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash"

yankee 1955
2015 years 8 months ago

Habitual DUI, I just don’t understand how the court system keeps letting people like this back on the streets. In this case a innocent women doing her job, Is Killed for no reason. Her family is now with out a mother and wife. What kind of soft sentence is the man going to get. What he needs is the Russian type of sentence, a .50 bullet. He does not need to be a burden on our taxes. Trash like this has no redemable qualities. Do not waste my money on taking care of him for the next 20 years.

Guest, Just Another
2015 years 8 months ago

The family should sue the last judge that let this POS out. 26years old, 4th DUI? Seriously? What are we going to have to do now, give him a hug because its our fault? We made the alcohol too accessible. Screw this guy, and screw the last judge, screw the lawyer that got him off. Sue them all!

2015 years 8 months ago

One of the reasons these habitual drunks keep getting behind the wheel is because they KNOW that all they have to do is go downtown and get one of the slick lawyers down there, (and there are plenty of them down there) give him a few hundred dollars and off they go. Maybe 30 days in jail for the first offense, not served on weekends but 30 days in a row would make others think before they drive drunk and if the drunk loses his or her job while serving time then so what! There’s no reason at all for driving while impaired.

2015 years 8 months ago

My thoughts exactly. It makes me sick when someone drives drunk and then gets off because he paid a lawyer to argue every loophole there is for years until it’s finally dropped or reduced to something minor. If you do the crime, man (or woman) up and take responsibility. The legal system has blood on its hands from the wreck on Friday. Rest in Peace Martha.

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 8 months ago

I can’t help but be stunned about this article. It’s becoming apparent that even with a history of DWI this gentleman was allowed to remain free to drink and drive.

The law needs to be changed. Innocent people trying to make a living are being killed because of someone’s idea of a good time.

The system is adept at milking every dollar they can. I hope the participants in this man’s case can find peace at night.

It will be much harder for the family of the VICTIM, which we all should mourn, and put pressure on the system to stop letting cases like this happen.