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Police seek charges for three deaths in accident that killed pregnant woman and sister

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A spokesperson for the Lumberton Police Department has informed 12News that an accident that killed a pregnant woman Monday night has also claimed the life of her sister.  Police will seek charges related to the deaths of the sisters as well as the unborn baby boy.

Connely Rene Burns, 20, of Lumberton, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins told 12News Tuesday afternoon that Burn's sister, Courtney Ray Sterling, 15, of Lumberton, has also died from her injuries.

Chief Sullins said the accident happened just before 8 p.m. Monday.  Officers received a call about a Camaro that was heading south on Highway 96. A Department of Public Safety trooper clocked the Camaro at over 150 MPH, but was unable to catch up to it.

A few minutes later officers in Lumberton clocked the same Camaro going 121 on 96 heading south. Lumberton officers were also unable to safely catch up to the Camaro and contacted an officer on the south end of town. The officer said he had just looked in his rear-view mirror and witnessed the Camaro collide with another vehicle.

The Camaro hit a white 2011 Nissan Murano 2011 in the rear. The Murano was heading south near what officers call the "Y," where 96 and 69 come together.

Burns was a backseat passenger in the Murano. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Butch Cummings.

Burns' sister, Courtney Ray Sterling, 15, of Lumberton, was the driver of the Murano. She was driving legally with a learner's permit. Dawn Sterling, 46, of Lumberton, is Burns' mother. She was a front-seat passenger. She and Sterling were taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

The driver of the Camaro is identified by police as Crystal Lummus Boyett, 40, of Kirbyville. Police did a blood draw which was sent to a lab for testing.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday Boyett, who remains hospitalized, had not yet been charged pending investigation.

Chief Sullins said boyett has a 1995 conviction of DWI.  A background check shows the conviction is out of Fort Worth County.

Burns was a 2012 graduate of Lumberton High School. Her mother works for the district.

The accident remains under investigation by the Lumberton Police Department with assistance from the Department of Public Safety.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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