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DWI charge follows crash that killed father, son

October 27, 2011

A Catawba County woman is charged with driving while impaired after a crash near the Long View community killed a father and son.

Amie Jo Skeens, 39, is also charged with felony hit-and-run in connection to the crash that happened Tuesday near the line of Catawba and Burke counties.

The crash killed Steven Moody and his 19-year-old son, Kevin, both of Connelly Springs.

Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol say Skeens was in a minivan that sideswiped a motorcycle and then hit the Moodys' motorcycle head-on. The people on the first motorcycle suffered minor injuries.

The collisions happened shortly after 6 p.m. on Airport-Rhodhiss Road.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Skeens continued driving the minivan for about half a mile after the crash before pulling into a wooded area. Troopers say a witness followed the van and led the highway patrol to the driver.

Troopers arrested Skeens a short time later in the wooded area.

The Observer reported that Skeens told a TV reporter that she was high on drugs but not driving the van.
"I couldn't have been driving," she said. "I was too high."

Skeens has a lengthy criminal record, including several convictions that date to the mid-1990s for driving without a license and driving while her license was revoked, The Observer reported. In 2007, she was convicted of felony possession of cocaine. In 1996, she was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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