the north face jacket black Elizabeth City man indicted for murder in fatal DUI crash
UPDATE: Elbert Horton was indicted for Felony Second Degree Murder in a court appearance on March 19th. He received a secure bond of $250,000 and was transported to jail to await his next court appearance. A 30 year old Elizabeth City man is facing several charges after police say he was driving drunk, with his kids in the car, moments before crashing into a pick up truck that killed a retired school teacher. There, he says he found Ellen Russell inside her rolled over pick up truck. She died on the scene. He says Horton was driving a mini van, also damaged on the side of the road.
According to the search warrant, when the trooper approached Horton, he smelled alcohol. Horton told the trooper he drank two or three 22oz beers prior to the crash. The trooper says Horton was mumbling and blew a .20 on a breathalyzer test.
Horton was charged with child abuse after the crash,
as well. Court records show there were four kids in the mini van Horton was driving. All of them were 12 and under. The following statement was written under the officer’s comments onHorton’s citation: “Children stated they knew they were going to crash because they knew their daddy had been drinking all day and was driving too fast”.
As for the woman who died at the scene, 62 year oldEllen Russell was a retired school teacher from Gates County and then worked as a part time teacher in Pasquotank County.
“It couldn’t have been worse,” said former Buckland Elementary School principal, Don Gregory. “She was a super person, had a special smile, nice personality. Any child would be to happy to have her as a teacher. It’s huge loss.”
NewsChannel 3 spoke to Russell’s son, who did not want to give an on camera interview, but did say,
“She was a great woman who will be missed by many”.