Police charge driver in fatal Amtrak collision in Cary

From staff reportsJanuary 9, 2014 

A Laurinburg woman was killed and her boyfriend injured after this car was hit by an Amtrak train.

ALIANA RAMOS — aramos@newsobserver.com

— The driver of a car that was struck by an Amtrak train in Cary last week has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, the town announced Thursday.

Police have said they suspect Benny Derrick Dimery, 24, of Laurinburg drove around downed railroad crossing arms as Amtrak’s Silver Star approached Southwest Maynard Road late last Thursday morning. His passenger, 21-year-old Lauren Webb, died at the scene after the train collided with the car.

Police charged Dimery after consulting with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, according to a news release from the town. If convicted of the felony, Dimery could be sentenced to 33 to 41 months in jail.

Dimery is expected to recover from injuries he sustained in the accident.

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