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Woman charged after 5 people hit by car at Roanoke Rapids McDonald's, police say

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) - A woman has been charged with reckless driving after crashing into five people while leaving a McDonald's on Saturday morning, Roanoke Rapids police said.

Meanwhile, three of the five who were hit are now in trauma centers for treatment. Previously, two people were airlifted to trauma centers on Saturday, police said.

The incident was reported around 11:50 a.m. in the of 1500 block of Julian Allsbrook Highway, according to a news release from Roanoke Rapids police.

"Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the vehicle accelerated and lost control of the vehicle while exiting McDonald’s parking lot," the news release said.

Karmesha Danielle Bowers, 25, of Garysburg had two children, ages 5 and 6, in the car who were not restrained, police said.

Bowers is charged with no operators’ license, careless/reckless driving and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.


The two other people who were not taken to trauma centers have since been released from the Halifax Regional Medical Center ER.

"The investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be filed," a news release said.

Bowers court date is set for April 9.


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