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Charges filed in fatal Princeton wreck

Posted October 2, 2008

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— The driver of a car involved in a wreck last month that killed a Princeton High School senior and a recent graduate was charged Thursday in their deaths.

Nathan Pearson, 17, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the Sept. 17 wreck that killed Brandon Lee Baker, 21, and Matthew Brandon Stewart, 17. He also was charged with exceeding safe speed, driving left of center and a violation of a restricted driver's license.

Authorities said Pearson's Saturn crossed the center line on Fellowship Church Road and hit a Jeep.

Pearson, another passenger in the Saturn and the 80-year-old driver of the Jeep were injured in the wreck.

Pearson was listed in good condition Thursday at WakeMed, while Rosa Wilson, the Jeep driver, was in serious condition at Duke University Hospital. Codie McConnell, the other Saturn passenger, has been released from WakeMed.

A preliminary report by the state Highway Patrol determined the Saturn was traveling at about 70 mph in a 55-mph zone before the wreck.

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  • familyfour Oct 2, 2008

    This is a sad story. I don't necessarily "disagree" with the charge, but those were his friends, and he will never forget what happened that day as long as he lives, no matter what they punish him with.

    Agreed that all of us get carried away with our feet on the floor. An inexperienced driver just makes that more dangerous.

  • Timetogo Oct 2, 2008

    Kids learn what they SEE! I've NEVER been to Raleigh and back when, at some point, I didn't fear for my life because of excess speeders around me, YES at 15-20 mph over the posted speed limit.. and YES, adults! These kids were raised around these roads and knew them well... just like most think they can swerve around others in and around Raleigh. He crossed the line. Yes, it was wrong and it turned out horrible, and he'll pay a great deal for it for the rest of his life... but I repeat, kids learn what they see.

  • Adelinthe Oct 2, 2008

    "...it's a shame he has to be charged."

    That, unfortunately, is the chance one takes. We are all victims of the folly of our own actions, and we all pay prices for those follies.

    Praying for all these families.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • beckylayhew2 Oct 2, 2008

    How many of us young and old have driven down roads everyday? We think we know these roads better then anyone. These kids drove down this road everyday sometimes two or three times. I think the age should be raised for our kids to drive but the point is without time and experience all these kids have are God. Its a bad situation and my heart goes out to All the families and friends.

    "Before anyone throws stones at this guy, think about the last time you went over the speed limit. We all do it at times! It was a tragic situation and my heart goes out to all of the families involved."

    How many of us are dumb enough to be driving 15 mph over the posted limit on a 2 lane curved road? As I have commented on this story once before, I see the way people in this age gorup drive around where I work every day. These accidents WILL continue if they continue to drive the way they do. I've not read anything one way or the other, but does anyone know if alcohol was involved this time? "

  • vetinari83 Oct 2, 2008

    "Before anyone throws stones at this guy, think about the last time you went over the speed limit. We all do it at times! It was a tragic situation and my heart goes out to all of the families involved."

    How many of us are dumb enough to be driving 15 mph over the posted limit on a 2 lane curved road? As I have commented on this story once before, I see the way people in this age gorup drive around where I work every day. These accidents WILL continue if they continue to drive the way they do. I've not read anything one way or the other, but does anyone know if alcohol was involved this time?

  • Timetogo Oct 2, 2008

    Before anyone throws stones at this guy, think about the last time you went over the speed limit. We all do it at times! It was a tragic situation and my heart goes out to all of the families involved.

  • james27613 Oct 2, 2008

    20 miles over the posted 55 speed limit, violation of his
    conditional license. What was he thinking ?
    Why did his passenger(s) get in the car with him ?

    He will have many years to think about what he has done.

  • mrtwinturbo Oct 2, 2008

    poor kid, he probably is already doing time (in his own mind) it's a shame he has to be charged. Accidents do happen, now another family will suffer

  • wine_girl Oct 2, 2008

    *sigh*