ICE requests detainer on suspect in double-fatal Smithfield crash

Johnston County News

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – ICE has requested a detainer on the 37-year-old man accused of killing two people in traffic collision Sunday in Smithfield.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s request comes as a second person has died following what police said was a DWI crash.

Marjory Howell Wagner Regan, 65, was driving a Dodge van with three teenage passengers around 10:30 p.m. on Wilsons Mills Road at M. Durwood Stephenson Highway when it was hit by a Toyota, officials said.

Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez in court on Nov. 12, 2019.

Smithfield police said Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez, 37, was impaired while driving the Toyota when it collided with the van. An incident report released Tuesday says at one point he was driving 110 miles an hour and tried to slow down, but hit the van at 90 miles per hour. That forced the van to go almost 90 feet before stopping, according to the police incident report.

Marjory Wagner was killed in the crash while three teens suffered injuries.

Ethan Michael Handly, 15, died from his injuries Tuesday morning at the hospital, police said.

Hailey Wagner suffered injuries to her neck and spine and is said to be in stable condition. Friends of the family say her brother, Stephen, was also injured in the crash.

GoFundMe has been set up for the Wagner family.

BrieAnna Alford said Hailey used to dance competitively and would train at her studio, Legacy Dance Productions, in Zebulon. Alford is working with North Carolina Outstanding Little Miss on the GoFundMe account.

“They’re such sweet people. They’re down to earth. Grandma, Marj, their grandma, was a good lady. She brought Hailey here the majority of the time,” said Alford. “But, her whole family’s nice, outgoing, fun, always willing to help others. So, we love their family.”

Neighbors said Marjory Wagner was bringing home her grandchildren and their friends after they went to a movie Sunday night. A girl who was with them had been dropped off before the crash happened, Alford said.

Juarez-Antunez faces two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle and two counts of felony death by motor vehicle.

A $350,000 secured bond was placed on Juarez-Antunez. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

CBS 17 has contacted ICE for more details on the detainer request and is awaiting a response.

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