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Fayetteville woman now faces murder charge in vehicle crash

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The Fayetteville Police Department has upgraded charges against the driver in a March 5 traffic fatality on Pamalee Drive.

Jalea McMillian, 19, of the 1900 block of King George Drive, was previously charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. That charge has been upgraded to second-degree murder, the Police Department said Friday.

Police said McMillian was under the influence of an impairing substance at the time of the crash.

McMillian has also been charged with DWI and DWI under 21 years of age. She previously was charged with failure to maintain lane control, careless and reckless, no seatbelt, speeding and possession of marijuana, police said.

McMillian was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center on Thursday and received a $13,000 secured bond.

The two-vehicle crash happened just after 10 p.m. near Van Buren Drive.

Monya McDaniels, 20, of the 1900 block of Tryon Drive, was a passenger in a 2015 Buick Lacrosse driven by McMillian, police said. McDaniels died March 7 as a result of the crash, police said. 

Police said the Buick was traveling east on Pamalee Drive when the driver crossed the center turn lane and struck a 2010 Acura TSX driven by Peyton Lucas head-on. The Acura was traveling west.

Lucas, 21, of the 3600 block of Abernathy Drive, and her passenger were treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

Fayetteville, Police Department, traffic fatality, Pamalee Drive

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