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Driver involved in deadly wreck charged with murder, DWI

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Pierre Jamar Walker (Source: Columbus Co. Jail) Pierre Jamar Walker (Source: Columbus Co. Jail)
The highway was shut down for an hour as troopers investigated the wreck. The highway was shut down for an hour as troopers investigated the wreck.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Authorities have charged a man with murder, felony death by vehicle and DWI following a wreck that killed a woman on Hwy. 74/76 on the Columbus, Brunswick County line.

Law enforcement officials say Pierre Jamar Walker also faces a felony charge of habitual DWI. He was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and is currently being held in the Columbus County Jail. His bond was set at $202,000. But Monday morning during his first appearance, Walker's bond was set to $1,000,000. Walker also asked for a court appointed attorney. 

Authorities say he was involved in a hit-and-run in Leland and was driving to flee the scene when he  lost control of the vehicle, crashing into the driver of a small Chevy.

Troopers said Walker was trying to pass a semi-truck in the median of the highway, when he hit a car that was turning onto the highway from Pineland Road.

Witnesses said when the two cars collided, they heard a loud explosion.

Troopers tell us Walker has three prior DWIs.

Officers have not yet released the name of the woman who was killed.

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