By Outer Banks Voice on September 10, 2021
Daniel Deweese, 32, of Kitty Hawk, has been charged with second-degree murder and felony death by vehicle in connection with the Aug. 30 accident in which a car he was driving struck 11-year-old Currituck County Middle School student Julie Randel. Randel succumbed to her injuries on Sept. 8.
Julie and her brother were crossing Highway 158 on Aug. 30 when she apparently dropped something, attempted to retrieve it and was then struck by the vehicle. NC Highway Patrol Sgt. S.D. Hurley told the Voice that on the day of the accident, Deweese was charged at the scene with DWI, possession of an open container of alcohol and having a small amount of marijuana in his car. He was also charged with speeding in a school zone, for going 56 miles an hour when the speed limit was 35 miles per hour. At that time, he was taken to the Currituck County jail.
Noting that the severity of the injuries Julie suffered was apparent at the scene, Hurley said that the Highway Patrol “did a very thorough investigation that day [Aug. 30].”
With Julie’s passing on Sept. 8, Hurley said the new charges of second-degree murder and felony death by vehicle were added on Sept. 10.