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SoBo man charged with second-degree murder, eluding police

A South Boston man, Ronnie S. Fichera, faces charges of second-degree murder and a felony charge of fleeing to elude following a police chase that resulted in a fatal crash April 3 on I-40 in Greensboro, N.C., according to Guilford County Assistant District Attorney Veronica Edmisten.

The fatal two-vehicle crash claimed the life of 22-year-old Reagan Lee Hartley of Willow Spring, N.C. and left the driver, 46-year-old Fichera, with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Cone Hospital.

Randleman Police Officers had chased Fichera’s green Ford Expedition traveling north at speeds in excess of 90 mph. 

Guilford County DWI Task Force Officers briefly became involved in the chase near I-40 and Randleman Road, but they halted the pursuit when the driver entered I-40 east traveling westbound. 

As the vehicle exited I-40 onto Four Seasons Boulevard, task force officers reinitiated the pursuit. 

The vehicle once again entered I-40 East traveling westbound. 

Task force officers did not continue pursuing the vehicle by traveling west into eastbound traffic but did request officers in the area to attempt to divert traffic approaching from the west traveling on I-40. 

Just before the traffic was diverted around 10:34 p.m., Fichera’s Expedition collided head-on with a Volvo C70 driven by Hartley in the eastbound lane. 

Hartley died on the way to the hospital as a result of the injuries sustained during the collision. 

Funeral services for Hartley were held Monday at Rose & Graham Funeral Home Chapel in Benson, N.C.  

She was survived by her mother and father, Christy B. and Kenneth Dawson, of the home; father and mother, Todd and Tabitha Hartley, of Fuquay-Varina; brothers Jake Dawson of the home and Hunter and Ryan Hartley of Fuquay-Varina; maternal grandparents Danny and Peggy Blackman of Dunn; and paternal grandparents Drucilla and Willie Hartley of Erwin.