Mother dies six days after crash involving Morehead City chase

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – Police say a mother has died nearly a week after the family car was hit by another vehicle being chased by police.

Morehead City police say 44-year-old Sueellen Leonard died Saturday.

The woman, her husband Nathaniel, and two of their three children were in their Toyota Tacoma, when it was struck on March 3rd at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Hestron Drive.

Police had been chasing Cody Schulz after he was seen driving erratically on Highway 70. Police said that Schulz did not stop and led the officer on a short chase before crashing at the intersection of Highway 70 and Hestron Drive just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Schulz, driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, hit the driver’s side mirror of a 2012 Ford passenger vehicle before colliding with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma driven by Nathaniel Leonard.

Police today said the District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case for possibly additional charges against the man now that there has been a death.

So far, Schulz has been charged with:

  • Three felony counts of aggravated assault by a vehicle with serious injuries
  • One felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon
  • One felony count of flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle
  • One misdemeanor count of reckless driving with wanton disregard
  • One misdemeanor count of speeding
  • One misdemeanor count of driving while impaired
  • One misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce
  • One misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked/impaired driving revocation
  • One infraction of failure to maintain lane control
  • One infraction of possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle
  • One infraction of failure to reduce speed to avoid a motor vehicle collision
  • One infraction of failure to stop for a steady red light

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