Authorities: Fuquay man charged in fatal crash was using cellphone
Posted December 23, 2013
Coats, N.C. — A Fuquay-Varina man was either texting or trying to make a call on his cellphone Sunday morning when he crashed, killing his passenger, authorities said.
Austin Cross, 21, of Sunset Drive, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failing to maintain lane control in the wreck.
Trooper Robert Mellott of the State Highway Patrol said Cross was westbound on N.C. Highway 27 between Coats and Benson at about 8:35 a.m. when he became distracted using his phone. He lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet pickup, when ran off the right side of the highway and hit a tree, the trooper said.
Savanah Maynard, 18, of Tarheel Road in Benson, was thrown from the truck and killed, Mellott said. Maynard wasn't wearing a seat belt.