A man with a history of traffic offenses has been charged with DWI in an accident that killed two people in Greensboro.
Harold Wayne Greer Jr. also could face felony charges in the three-car wreck Saturday. Two other people remain hospitalized, and three were treated and released. Two others required no treatment.Greer, 25, has a long list of traffic offenses dating to 1985, according to police records. His license has been suspended or revoked five times, he has been convicted of speeding six times and charged with driving while impaired twice. He was convicted on one of those charges; the outcome of the second could not be determined Sunday.
He also was convicted earlier this year of driving without a license. His license was last suspended in March for two speeding convictions, and he was scheduled to get it back Jan. 11.
Greer was charged and released after being treated for minor injuries at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. It is not uncommon for drivers to be released if they are injured.
He refused to take a Breathalyzer test to determine his blood-alcohol level.
Greer told police he lived at 358 Apt. D, Burlingate Drive in Greensboro. No one answered the door there Sunday, and other efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Police said Greer was traveling west on Spring Garden Street near Pomona Street, where the speed limit is 35 mph, about 6 p.m.
He apparently lost control of the 1967 Pontiac and veered into the eastbound lane, leaving skid marks over 100 feet, according to a police report. The car's speed was unknown, the report said.
The car collided with a 1982 Datsun driven by Robert Myrick, 17, of Danville, Va. Myrick's car was within the speed limit, the report said.
Both cars landed on their sides, trapping passengers inside.
A third car, a 1989 Chevrolet driven by Lori Ana Pace, 22, of Greensboro, hit Myrick's overturned vehicle from behind.
Rescue workers used the ``jaws of life' apparatus to free the trapped passengers.
Greer, who was wearing a seat belt, was cut and bruised.
Three passengers were in his car:
Forrest Kevin Goodwin, 23, of 5608-H W. Market St. in Greensboro, died at the scene.
Keith Reid Colvin, 20, Goodwin's roommate, was in stable condition at Moses Cone Sunday with facial injuries.
Fletcher Corliss Garner, 22, of the same address as Greer, was treated and released Saturday from Moses Cone.
Police were unsure whether the three were wearing seat belts.
Myrick received facial injuries. Two passengers were in his car:
Naomi Martha Hairston, 32, of 860 Stokes St. in Danville, suffered massive internal injuries and died Sunday morning at Wesley Long Community Hospital.
Merrell Hairston, 25, of Danville remained in serious condition Sunday in the intensive care unit at Wesley Long. Whether the Hairstons are related could not be determined Sunday night.
Pace and her one passenger were uninjured.
Greer could be charged with felony death by vehicle, which is punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison.
Mike Jackson, president of the Guilford County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said Saturday's tragedy is what his organization is working to prevent.
``My first reaction was to think of the pain and agony that those two innocent families will have to face,' Jackson said. ``Drunken driving is a serious disease that our courts are going to have to take a harder stand on or we're going to all get killed.'
Efforts to reach Naomi Hairston's family were unsuccessful.
Goodwin's father, Jack Goodwin, said his son was a hard worker and gifted with his hands.
Kevin Goodwin, a 1985 graduate of Northwest Guilford High School, worked at Goodwin Plumbing Co. with his father and planned to take plumber certification tests in April.
``You didn't have to tell him to do anything twice,' the elder Goodwin said. ``He never complained about hard work.
``He planned to take my business over when I retired.'
Jack Goodwin said that his youngest son had worked with him for about two years and that the two had gotten close in that time.
``He could almost read my mind,' Goodwin said. ``I know a lot of people say things like this, but he really was a super guy.'