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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Investigators consider murder charge in Friday night crash

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UPDATE (5/11): We've learned 22-year-old Daniel Brennick is in fair condition today...


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A man accused of driving drunk and killing a 38-year-old mother Friday night, could face second degree murder charges. Highway patrol says 22-year-old Daniel Brennick was drunk and speeding when he crossed the center line and hit Satu Harris's car head-on.

The Brunswick County District Attorney's office is working with Highway Patrol to try and charge Brennick with second-degree murder. this is not brennick's first run-in with the law.

It was almost midnight when Harris was driving south on River Road near the intersection of NC 133. Highway Patrol says Brennick was driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck when he crossed the center line and hit Harris.

Troopers say Harris was trapped in her car after the collision and died at the scene. Brennick was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries.

The Highway Patrol charged Brennick with driving while impaired. This is not the first time Brennick has been in trouble. His record includes reckless driving and driving while consuming a controlled substance under the age of 21 in 2007, along with assault of an officer in 2006.

Harris was a UNCW graduate, who loved animals and photography. She leaves behind three teenagers.

Friends set up a Facebook page in honor of her life. Many have posted comments and pictures remembering her as a fun-loving, free-spirited woman.

A NHRMC spokesperson says Brennick is still in the hospital and is in serious condition.

A gathering celebrating the life of Harris is scheduled for tomorrow at 5 p.m. on the beach at Ocean Drive and Womble Street in Oak Island.

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