Rocky Mount, NC — A mother and son were killed after a suspected drunk driver in Rocky Mount crashed into their car on South Church Street the The Stockyard. The accident happened at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday (May 13, 2013) and the victims were identified as Lashunaqa Cooper, 21, and her son, 3-year old Jiquel Copeland.
Police alleged that Cooper was driving north on South Church Street that night when a southbound pickup truck swerved into their lane, causing a deadly collision. Cooper and her son, Copeland, were both killed immediately in the accident, which ejected Copeland.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they transported the pickup truck’s driver, Stacey Deans, to a local hospital for undisclosed injuries, but then arrested him for being under the influence of alcohol. The investigation into the accident remains ongoing, though Deans reportedly faces serious charges for the accident.
Scene of the Accident