Man faces charges for an accident on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Myia Shepard, Courtesy: Sandra Jennings
Myia Shepard, Courtesy: Sandra Jennings
Shepard Family, Courtesy: Sandra Jennings
Shepard Family, Courtesy: Sandra Jennings

Posted by Debra Worley - email
Updated by Kristy Ondo - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Leland man is facing charges in connection to a fatal accident on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in November that  killed a woman and sent a 4-year-old boy to Chapel Hill.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, William McMillan II, 55, of Leland was driving a flat-bed truck inbound, heading east on the bridge.

When McMillan changed lanes he collided with Thurman Ray Jacobs, 58, who was driving an 18-wheeler in the same direction and then crossed the guardrail.

After crossing over the guardrail, the truck hit a westbound Chevy Tahoe.

The Wilmington Police say 30-year-old George Roland Deschamps of Castle Hayne was driving the SUV.  He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries but has since been released.

The front seat passenger, Myia Shepard, 29, of Wilmington was killed in the crash.  She was six months pregnant at the time.  Myia is survived by three sons and a husband.  Family members from Michigan say she will be buried in southeast North Carolina.

4-year-old Jalin Jeron Deschamps of Bolton, the son of the driver, was riding in the back.  He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious injuries and later airlifted to Chapel Hill for treatment. He has since recovered.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured and continued on to the state port.

The driver of the dump truck, McMillian of Leland, is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.