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Man charged with murder in Feb. crash that killed two Charlotte teens

18-year-old Dana Michelle Wilson and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Ryan Michael Menke. (Source: Robeson County District Attorney’s Office) 18-year-old Dana Michelle Wilson and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Ryan Michael Menke. (Source: Robeson County District Attorney’s Office)
Jones (Source: Robeson County District Attorney’s Office) Jones (Source: Robeson County District Attorney’s Office)
LUMBERTON, NC (WBTV) -

A man is facing multiple charges, including second-second murder, in connection to a February crash that killed two Charlotte teens.

Broderick Lamont Jones, 38 is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving, and driving the wrong way in a crash that occurred on February 2 in Lumberton, NC.

Friends say 18-year-old Dana Michelle Wilson and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Ryan Michael Menke, who lived in Charlotte, were heading back from their hometown of Wilmington early that morning. Officials say Jones was driving east in the westbound lane when he struck the couple.

Both Wilson and Menke were killed in the crash.

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Investigators say Jones was also heading home from a Super Bowl party when he got onto Hwy 74 going the wrong direction. A witness, who was in a vehicle with a 7-year-old, told officials they had to swerve to avoid hitting Jones head-on. Jones reportedly kept going in the wrong direction for about nine miles before hitting the teens.

According to the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office, Jones was speeding. When he struck the vehicle Wilson and Menke were in, the combined speed was approximately 150 mph.

Officials also say that tests show Jones' blood alcohol concentration was twice the legal limit.

The district attorney said several factors against Jones contributed to the crash, including "going the wrong way, operating the vehicle in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner, alcohol use, exceeded authorized speed limit, use of improper lane, and inattention."

“This has been an especially long and difficult case which resulted in the senseless death of two great kids who were only 18 years old," said Erich Von Hackney with the District Attorney's Office. "They had their whole lives to look forward to together which was taken in a split second.” 

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Jones was arrested Tuesday and given a $222,500 bond.

Jones’ half-brother, Walter Lee Bethea, who owned the vehicle Jones was driving at the time, was also arrested on August 3, and charged with permitting a motor vehicle to be operated without having financial responsibility. He was taken to the Robeson County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond.

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