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N.C. man to be charged for train crash that killed girlfriend

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Jan 02 2014 11:41:44 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 05:48:00 PM CST
CARY, N.C. -

A North Carolina man will be charged for allegedly driving into the path of a train, causing a crash that killed his girlfriend.

According to WTVD, police said 24-year-old Benny "Derrick" Dimery, of Laurinburg, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend, 21-year-old Lauren Webb. He faces up to three years and five months in prison if convicted.

Dimery remains in the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Police said Dimery drove around the stop arms at a railroad crossing on SW Maynard Road in Cary just after 11 a.m. on Jan. 2. That was when an Amtrak train carrying about 291 people crashed into Dimery's red Mitsubishi Galant, according to investigators.

Webb was killed in the wreck and Dimery suffered serious injuries, police said. No one on the train was hurt.

Varsity cheerleaders from Swansboro High School were stuck on that train for a few hours after the accident, said an Onslow County School official. Teresa Larson, a friend of a parent, said officials had to shut off the train because of a gasoline leak from the car.

The Swansboro cheerleaders were coming from the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., where they performed in a parade and the halftime show. They returned to Swansboro High School safely.

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