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former H.P.D. Officer Atia Mohamed Shamseldin
courtesy of Hickory Police Dept.

Drugs Present in System of Woman Killed in September 2023 Crash Involving H.P.D.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has issued a statement indicating that the woman who was killed in a September 2023 crash involving a Hickory Police vehicle had drugs in her system at the time of the accident. Blood test results were received on January 11 indicating the positive reading. The Highway Patrol’s statement does not specify the type of drugs or the level at which they were present.

Cynthia Nicole Lail, who was 38 at the time of her death, and her 12-year-old son, Michael Lail, were both killed when the vehicle Ms. Lail was driving was hit by an H.P.D. vehicle, which was chasing a motorcycle traveling west on U.S. Highway 70. The Officer involved was 24-year-old Atia Mohamed Shamseldin. He was fired on October 4. No charges against Shamseldin have been filed at this time.

The statement released today (June 17) is separate from a report that will be completed by the Highway Patrol’s Collision Reconstruction Unit. That report is expected in several more weeks. The toxicology report is expected to be part of the reconstruction report.

The driver of the motorcycle involved in the pursuit, 24-year-old Chanceler Timothy Johnson of Valdese, was charged with two felony counts of eluding arrest with a motor vehicle causing death. He turned himself in on September 19. Johnson is not currently in custody in Catawba County and no court dates are listed.