On Monday October 7th, 2019 at 6:46 PM the Lenoir Police Department responded to a call of a motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Fairview Drive, in Lenoir.

Marriah Kelly Warren (25) of Forrest Hill Drive was driving a 1999 Honda Accord south on Fairview Drive and Kenneth Avery Davis (36) was driving a 2012 Ford Taurus west on Harper Avenue when the vehicles collided in the intersection.

Warren was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare where she was pronounced dead at 7:22 PM. Davis fled the scene on foot prior to emergency crews arriving on scene. A passenger, James Andrew Powell, was traveling with Davis. Powell was also transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

A warrant has been obtained for Felony Hit and Run Resulting in Serious Injury or Death for Davis. The Lenoir Police Department is still trying to locate Davis in regards to the outstanding warrant from this incident. The Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers Board has offered a $1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of Davis. Anyone with knowledge of Davis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or Crimestoppers at 828-785-8300.

This investigation is still ongoing and is being conducted by the Lenoir Police Department. No further information will be released, at this time, regarding the circumstances of this crash. 



Mr. Davis was taken into custody on 10/09/2019 at the Caldwell County Magistrate’s Office at around 2:52 PM. He received a $300,000.00 secured bond for the Felony Hit and Run Resulting in Serious Injury or Death warrant. He was served an additional Misdemeanor warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Conveyance and received a $10,000.00 secured bond on that charge. He is scheduled for a first appearance in court on 10/10/2019. Additional charges related to this case may be filed in the future.