Mother Dies, Driver Charged in Fatal Crash

Rachel Matthews and Asani McEachin
Rachel Matthews and Asani McEachin

WILMINGTON -- Family and friends of Asani McEachin are distraught and angry as they deal with not one, but two deaths in the past week.

"I'm outraged. You can't even imagine how I feel right now. I'm outraged," said Chris McEachin, Asani's father.

Three-year-old Asani died Tuesday. Thursday evening, her mother, Rachel Matthews, was taken off life support.

McEachin and Matthews were trying to walk across South 16th Street on Monday afternoon when they were hit by a car.

Meagan Teachey, 18, was behind the wheel.

Police believe Teachey switched lanes to get around two stopped cars, and when she did, she hit the girl and her mother in the intersection.

Teachey now faces two counts of death by motor vehicle. Those are misdemeanor charges, and it's unclear what type of punishment she could face. That will be left up to the courts.

Police say Teachey had a green light, did not hit the pair intentionally and was not driving carelessly. But under state law, when she saw other cars stopped, she should have been more cautious.

McEachin's family and friends say misdemeanor charges are bogus and Teachey needs to face tougher circumstances.

"We need to seek justice," said family friend Rose Devane. "Justice is not being served."

Teachey will have her first court appearance in late April. The relatives of the victims say they'll be there.

Funeral arrangements for McEachin and Matthews are set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Warner Temple, at 620 Nixon Street. A fund has been set up at Wachovia Bank in Matthews' name to help pay the costs.

Reported by Nicole Ferguson