UPDATE: NC man charged with felony DUI after deadly Fort Mill crash

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 18, 2014 

A North Carolina man was arrested on Thursday nearly three months after troopers say he drunkenly crashed into a car, ramming it into another driver who died of his injuries three days later.

Anthony Lamar Ogden, 59, has been charged with felony driving under the influence in which death results, authorities said. On Friday, he was being held without bond at the York County Detention Center.

Ogden, of Gaston County, N.C., was one of three drivers involved in a January three-car accident on U.S. 21, a mile south of Fort Mill, said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne.

At about 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 31, Sherrell Wright, then 26, and Alva Terrell, 74, of Charlotte were both stopped in their cars on U.S. 21 when Ogden, traveling north, ran into the back of Terrell’s four-door Chevrolet. The impact sent Terrell’s car into the back of Wright’s vehicle, who drove a four-door 2007 Nissan.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts, Rhyne said.

Wright and Ogden were both taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, he said. Terrell was also taken to the hospital. He died Feb. 3 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

He was on his way home from his job as a cashier at the Walmart on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill, said one of Terrell’s daughters, Tracy Church.

“Airbags don’t deploy when you’re rear-ended,” Church said, adding that her father had been taking blood thinners, which contributed to his death because doctors could not control the bleeding. “If he had been younger and healthier, he probably would’ve lived.”

Terrell was an avid tennis player, Church said, and played as often as possible. Even after undergoing double bypass surgery, the first question his daughter said he asked was: “When can I go back and play tennis?”

“I really thought one day he’d die on the tennis courts,” Church said. “He was a tennis fanatic. He taught a lot of people how to play tennis. The dad I knew, he was a people person and tennis is a people sport. He liked people.”

Terrell is survived by five children, seven grandchildren and a twin brother, Andrew. For years, he worked as an insurance broker part time but also took a full-time job as a cashier. He went to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on a tennis scholarship, Church said, and was a 50-year member of the Olde Providence Racquet Club, where he coordinated professional tennis tournaments.

Ogden on Jan. 31 was initially charged with driving under the influence, Rhyne said, but once Terrell died those charges were upgraded to felony driving under the influence in which death results, punishable by a maximum 25 years in prison.

Troopers submitted tests gauging his blood-alcohol level to the State Law Enforcement Division. Rhyne said those tests had not returned by Friday.

Warrants were issued for Ogden's arrest, but he was not found until Thursday in Tega Cay. Court records show that he also is charged with driving without a license and operating a vehicle that is not registered.

North Carolina court records show that Ogden was twice found guilty of driving under the influence, once in 2001 and then again in 2012. He was also found guilty of communicating threats in 2007 and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2009.

“I’m glad he’s off the streets,” Church said about Ogden. “... He can’t do this to somebody else’s family. It doesn’t change anything if I got mad or upset, or all crazy. When God calls you home, you don’t argue with it.”

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