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UPDATE: Passenger charged in fatal Pender Co. crash still in hospital

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- According to Pender County District Attorney Ben David, the passenger charged in the fatal car crash last week is still in New Hanover Regional Medical Center, receiving reconstructive surgery. Following the crash that killed 27-year-old Jennie Moore, Lance Powers, 26, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving and no operator's license.

It happened last Friday on NC 53 West about two miles east of Atkinson. Highway Patrol says Moore overcorrected, crossed the center line and crashed head on into another vehicle.

First Sgt. W.L. Thurston says there is information that led investigators to believe Powers snatched the steering wheel, which may have caused the accident. David could not comment on this detail.

David says the investigation is ongoing and all families involved in the crash are being interviewed. He says the mother and her two children that were in the vehicle hit by Moore are now all out of the hospital.

David says if any more charges are filed, he plans to hold a news conference.

Photo by Brian Freskos/StarNews

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