Police dispatcher and 3-year-old son killed in Rocky Mount crash

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – Rocky Mount police say one of their police dispatchers and young son were killed Sunday night by a drunk driver.

The crash happened after 11 p.m. on West Raleigh Boulevard at Walnut Street, near Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Police say two were thrown from their car. We’re told one was an employee of the Rocky Mount Police Department, 25-year-old Netanya Richardson, and her 3-year-old son were killed in the crash. Richardson was a 9-1-1 telecommunicator.

In the second car, the driver, 37-year-old Randy Sharpe and passenger, 38-year-old Brian Thorne were transported to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries.

The Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash, said Sharpe has been charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless driving, and driving while license revoked for an impairment revocation.

Troopers say Sharpe’s vehicle crossed over the centerline and hit Richardson’s car head-on.

“We are incredibly grateful for the Nash County Emergency Management, who shortly afterward began dispatching 9-1-1 calls, allowing Rocky Mount Police personnel to speak with Crisis Health professionals during this challenging time, and to the North Carolina Highway Patrol for leading the investigation,” said Police Chief Robert Hassell.