Man pleads guilty in chase that killed 2 people

Man pleads guilty in chase that killed 2 people

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 11:07 PM

BELMONT, N.C. -- Nearly a year after Kevin Loftin and his friend Donna Deitz died, the man who led police on a high speed chase causing that deadly wreck, enters a guilty plea.

Delta Sanders says it was important for her to be in court Tueday morning as Lester Norman pleaded guilty to causing the car crash that killed Kevin Loftin and his passenger, Donna Deitz.

The former Belmont mayor was a beloved Sunday school teacher, and was on his way home from Ash Wednesday services earlier this year, when Norman-- going up to 95 miles an hour trying to escape police-- caused Loftin to crash his car.

“The question always came up, 'why do bad things happen to good people?', and Kevin would say, 'I don’t know that. Can’t answer that, but I know no matter what we experience God is there with us.'”

Norman didn't talk in court but his daughter did-- apologizing for her fathers’ actions.

“I just want to tell the victims I'm sorry, it was an accident, and I know it can’t bring y’all people back but I’m sorry, too," she expressed.

Deitz’ sister spoke in court, saying she also blamed police for chasing Norman.

“She was irreplaceable to us, but the innocent bystanders could have been anyone,”
Ellen Deitz Tucker said.

She told the court she's hopeful he'll find some way to give back to society-- because he still can.

Family members say they are considering filing a civil suit against the Belmont Police department.

 

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