WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - State troopers made the right decision to use
tire-deflating "stop sticks" to end a high-speed chase on Interstate 40
which a Michigan woman was killed, a Highway Patrol spokesman said.
"In this situation we believe the troopers made the right decision and
regret that Michele Curran lost her life," said Sgt. Everett Clendenin.
"That was not our intention. Our intention was to reduce the threat to the
"It's just unbelievable that these people take all kinds of risks and
have no regard for human life in situations like this. This has had a
devastating impact on all the officers involved in this pursuit," Clendenin
Bond was denied for the two suspects during a short hearing in Haywood
County on Tuesday. Larry Winton Doyle Jr., 29, of Augusta, Ga., and Kathy
Lynn Thompson, 27, of Clarks Hill, S.C. are charged with first-degree murder
because the investigation shows they killed Curran, 26, while committing
felony crimes, said Assistant District Attorney Alan Leonard.
Investigators said Doyle stole a 1999 Ford Excursion from an Asheville
woman after putting a knife to her throat. He picked up Thompson and left
the parking lot, authorities said.
Police tried to stop the truck, but Doyle and Thompson sped onto
Interstate 40 west heading for Haywood County. At the county line, sheriff's
deputies picked up the chase and followed the truck to Exit 24 where a
Highway Patrol trooper tried to use "stop sticks" to end the chase. The
stolen Ford swerved to miss the spikes and slammed into the back of a car
the right lane, killing Curran and injuring Gregory Wayne Shelby, both of
Ken Shelby, father of Curran's boyfriend, 30-year-old Gregory Wayne
Shelby, said his son was recovering from the wreck at Mission St. Joseph's
Health System and that his family is still in shock over Curran's death.
"She was just down here visiting some girlfriends and they were on their
way home when this thing happened," he said.