Benny "Derrick" Dimery, 24, of Old Maxton Road in Laurinburg, allegedly drove around stop arms into the path of an Amtrak train in Cary.
It happened January 2 on SW Maynard Road, between Old Apex Road and West Chatham Street.
Lauren Webb, 21, also of Laurinburg, was a passenger in the car. She was killed in the crash.
If convicted, Dimery faces jail time of 33 to 41 months.
No one on the train was injured.