The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 23, 2013

Family argument leads to victim being hit by vehicle


PRINCEVILLE — A sister is in jail for attempted first degree murder and her brother remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after a family argument Monday afternoon.

Around 1:40 p.m. the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department 911 center received a call about a person being run over repeatedly by a vehicle on Newton Avenue in the Southern Terrace Community.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they found Montrell Williams lying in the ditch covered in blood with severe wounds about his body.

As officers began to investigate, witnesses at the scene told them Williams was hit by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Upon further investigation, officers  learned Williams' 19-year old ister, Quansheena Hopkins, was the alleged suspect.

During the investigation, law enforcement officials located Hopkins at the intersection of Highway 111 and Shiloh Farm Road. Bystanders said Hopkins' vehicle ran off the road and into a ditch.

Hopkins was taken into custody and charged with attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

According to witnesses at the scene, the incident was horrific and Williams had severe facial damage due to the impact of the vehicle.

Princeville Police Chief Joey Petway said with the help of concerned citizens in the area they were able to quickly apprehend Hopkins and take her into custody.

"I want to thank the citizens for cooperating with the investigation," Petway said. "The citizens in the area were very supportive in giving officers the facts of the incident."

Petway also thanked the sheriff's department and the Tarboro Police Department for securing the scene quickly and working to discover Hopkins' identity.

Petway said the charges against Hopkins could be upgraded to first degree murder if Williams died.