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Authorities: Fuquay man charged in fatal crash was using cellphone

Posted December 23, 2013

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— 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.

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  • scubagirl2 Dec 23, 2013

    one minute of carelessness or lack of respect for the law and a young girl loses her life. SEATBELTS save lives....plain and simple..

  • dajones115b Dec 23, 2013

    Let's not forget that the passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

    So, she was in some way responsible? Why would you try to divert responsibility from the negligent driver who actually was responsible for her death?
    mpphilli01

    As a matter of fact, and law, she is somewhat culpable for what happened.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 23, 2013

    It amazes me how people want to outlaw inanimate objects when PEOPLE do stupid things. One more example of society's refusal to hold PEOPLE responsible.

  • ladybug68 Dec 23, 2013

    Well, only two people know what really happened. If we are going to convict folks for being distracted while driving, there would be no vehicles on the road. There is not ONE person that has ever not been distracted at some point even w/o a cell phone. Unless you know hat really happened, you cannot convict anyone. But yes, ALL persons in a vehicle should have on a seat belt. So, one cannot surmise that they know what happened. My prayers are with all involved.

  • southerntalent Dec 23, 2013

    this kid made a bad decision,period and should never be allowed behind the wheel much like a drunk driver.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 23, 2013

    Let's not forget that the passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

    So, she was in some way responsible? Why would you try to divert responsibility from the negligent driver who actually was responsible for her death?
    mpphilli01
    December 23, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Maybe she said "hey text so and so" Or hey call "this person" so he grabbed the phone. Why would you make such assumptions?

  • mpphilli01 Dec 23, 2013

    Let's not forget that the passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

    So, she was in some way responsible? Why would you try to divert responsibility from the negligent driver who actually was responsible for her death?

  • Fuquay Resident Dec 23, 2013

    Let's not forget that the passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt. It appears neither of them were concerned for their safety.

  • Riddickfield Dec 23, 2013

    Time to outlaw cell phone use when driving. I was about run off the road yesterday by someone talking on the phone. Its an almost daily thing.

  • dsdaughtry Dec 23, 2013

    distracted and driving should be the same penalty as drunk driving.

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