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Crash victim's family: mom was taken from us "so tragically and so unfairly"

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Martha Mintz (Source: Andrews Mortuary) Martha Mintz (Source: Andrews Mortuary)
Pierre Walker (Source: Brunswick County Jail) Pierre Walker (Source: Brunswick County Jail)
Scene of the crash on Hwy. 74/76 Scene of the crash on Hwy. 74/76

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Martha Mintz, 61, of Leland, who was killed in a wreck caused by an alleged drunk driver, will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Authorities said Martha Mintz, 61, died on Friday when a car driven by Pierre Walker smashed into her on Highway 74/66 near the Columbus/Brunswick County line. Troopers said he was intoxicated at the time; he has three prior DWIs.

"Our mom was the most amazing woman and was taken from us so tragically and so unfairly," her family wrote in her biography posted on the Andrews Mortuary website.

Mintz was married to her husband, Marvin, for 41 years.

As her family and friends prepare to say their final goodbyes, the man who is accused of killing her is behind bars.

Walker was charged in Columbus County with second degree murder, felony death by vehicle and DWI.

Tuesday, Walker was transferred from the Columbus County Jail to Brunswick County.

Authorities said he was involved in a hit-and-run in Leland and was driving to flee the scene, prior to striking Mintz's car.

The charges he faces in Brunswick County include leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a revoked license and habitual DWI.

Judge Jolly set his bond at $500,000.

District Attorney Jon David said he will likely be transferred back to Columbus County, where he faces more serious charges.

Walker's bond was set in Columbus County at $1,000,000.

David said it is likely he will petition to try the charges from both counties at one venue, since the cases are linked.

Given his prior record, for the murder charge alone, he faces 20-22 years in jail if convicted.

Eyewitnesses said the original accident caused the hood of Walker's Cadillac to get stuck up over his windshield. David said he was driving at least 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, in an effort to get away from the scene of the hit and run in Leland.

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

Here are the details on Mintz's funeral. Her family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. A graveside funeral service has been scheduled for 2 pm Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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