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By Erin Smith

 The North Carolina Highway Patrol has released the names of the victims involved in two deadly crashes on Wednesday and one driver has been charged with death by motor vehicle.

According to Trooper Anders, Levon Johnson of Elizabethtown was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in a crash that occurred on NC 20.

Trooper Anders said the crash occurred on Wednesday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on NC 20 as Johnson, who was driving a Dodge Durango was attempting to pass two commercial trucks. One of the commercial vehicles being driven by Keshon Bailey of Salemburg was attempting to make a turn from NC 20 onto Purdie Hall Road and clipped the side of Johnson’s vehicle that was passing, causing it to overturn. According to Trooper Anders, the vehicle then flipped multiple times ejecting four of the six occupants, one of which died from his injuries.

Trooper Anders identified the occupants of Johnson’s vehicle as Randy Johnson Jr., Latrice Brooks, Clifton Ford, and Gary Jones. Another occupant who was killed in the crash was Tywand McKoy, 37, of Elizabethtown. He was pronounced deceased by Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.

Trooper Anders also provided the names of those involved in a second fatal crash that occurred on NC 87 near the Cumberland and Bladen County line. The second crash claimed the lives of two people, according to Trooper Anders.

Trooper Anders said Anna Maris Vega, 32, of Fayetteville was driving northbound on NC 87 when a vehicle operated by Ander Edward Oliphant Jr., 26, of Fayetteville, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane and their vehicles collided head on. A third vehicle operated by Vega’s husband, Brian, collided with the rear of her vehicle. Vega’s 2-year-old child was also in the third vehicle but was reported to be unharmed.

The two drivers who were killed in the crash, Anna Maris Vega and Ander Oliphant Jr., were both pronounced at the scene by Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.

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