ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – The Spencer Police Department announced on Thursday that the driver of an SUV that crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed killing six people had a blood alcohol level of more than 1.5 times the legal limit.
Angela Dunlap, the driver of the GMC Envoy that carried nine people at the time of the fatal crash on January 18, had a blood alcohol content level of at least 0.13. Authorities say two toxicology samples were tested with two different results. The first showed Dunlap's BAC at 0.13, the second was 0.14. The legal blood alcohol level in the state of North Carolina is 0.08.
In the weeks following the crash, authorities also determined the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Before the crash, the vehicle was traveling 67 miles per hour, officials say; the Envoy was going 57 miles per hour when it struck the first tree, then burst into flames, after veering off of South Rowan Avenue. The information obtained by the Spencer Police Department comes from an onboard computer that records crash data.
Three children and three adults died in the crash that Friday.
Taliah Williams, 8, was taken off life support at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem.
Dunlap, 28, and her daughter Daja, 10, were killed. Also killed were Sean Javan Jacobs, 25; Karizma Sexton, 4, who was the daughter of Jacobs’s fiancée; and Vincent McNeal, 45.
Taliah and her six-year-old twin brothers were airlifted after the crash. On Sunday, hospital officials said Javion was in serious condition and Davion was in fair condition.
The twin’s mother, Angela Dunlap, and their big sister, Daja, were pronounced dead on the scene.
Ten-year-old Charles Patrick is the lone survivor to walk away from the horrific crash with only a busted lip.