HIGH POINT — A 19-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder in a three-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning that killed a man and injured several people, High Point police said in a news release.
Emmanuel W. Simeon, of High Point, is charged in the crash that killed 42-year-old David T. Hill of Winston-Salem, according to the release.
At 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, a High Point Police officer southbound on Brentwood Street observed a blue SUV driven by Simeon traveling northbound at approximately 55 mph in a 35 mph zone near East Springfield Road, police said.
The officer turned around and tried to pull the SUV over, but it sped up and the officer ended his traffic-stop attempt. Police said no pursuit was initiated per department policy.
As the SUV approached southbound Business 85, investigators estimated the vehicle had reached speeds of 100 mph. Simeon ran a red light and struck a silver SUV driven by a 33-year-old High Point woman who had the green light to turn left from the exit ramp onto Brentwood Street, police said.
Simeon's SUV then struck a white SUV driven by Hill, which was in a northbound lane at the stop light, police said. The collision knocked the Hill's SUV down an embankment, into a nearby parking lot and it struck a utility pole. Hill was pronounced dead on the scene.
Simeon and his two female passengers suffered minor injuries and the driver of the silver SUV injured her shoulder and arm, according to the release. All were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Simeon also is charged with three counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, felony death by motor vehicle, felony flee to elude arrest by motor vehicle causing death, driving while impaired (alcohol), provisional impaired driving offense (under 21), driving while license revoked, speeding and failure to stop at a red light.
He was being held in the Guilford County jail in High Point under a $1 million secured bond.