Driver charged in crash that killed 12 year old | News
SALISBURY - Charges have now been filed in the crash that took the life of a 12 year old Rowan County boy last week.
Salisbury Police have charged the driver of the car in which John Murdock was riding, Brandy Nicole Naylor, for not having Murdock secured by a seat belt with the charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Naylor is Murdock's aunt.
On Friday an accident reconstruction team from the Salisbury Police Department went back to the crash site at Airport Road near Cedar Springs Road. That's where the crash happened on Thursday afternoon. Police say Naylor, driving a Honda Accord, turned left into the path of a Jeep being driven by Chandra Dawn Proctor. No one in the Jeep was hurt, but Murdock was pronounced dead at the scene. An unnamed two year old was also in the car with Murdock, but suffered only minor injuries.
The reconstruction of the accident found that Murdock, who was sitting in the back seat, was not wearing a seat belt. It is state law in North Carolina that every occupant in a vehicle must wear a seat belt, or in the case of very young children, be secured in a child seat.
The charges were announced Tuesday night in a press release by Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins:
The decision was made to charge Brandy Nicole Naylor, the 24 year old driver of the Honda Accord, and Aunt to 12 year old John Marshall Murdock, who was fatally wounded in the collision, with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle.
On July 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm, Ms. Naylor surrendered herself at the Police Department for service of this Warrant for her Arrest. She was taken before the Magistrate and then ordered to the Rowan County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond. Court date set in this case for September 10, 2012.