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Driver in fatal Wake Forest crash hadn't been drinking

Posted July 5, 2011

— A toxicology report released Tuesday shows that the driver of a car that crashed a month ago in Wake Forest, killing three teens, didn't have alcohol in his system.

The state Highway Patrol said Austin Leonard Flowers was driving his Dodge Challenger at more than 120 mph on June 5 when he lost control at the intersection of Old Pearce and Zebulon roads and slammed into a tree.

Flowers, 16, of Wake Forest, Lane Meyer, 16, of Wake Forest, and Matt Speight, 17, of Raleigh, were killed.

A third passenger in the car, Brenden Pearce, 16, of Wake Forest, suffered serious injuries but has been released from WakeMed.


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  • Mom2two Jul 6, 2011

    DUI: Driving under the influence...of testosterone. The most deadly of all impairments.

  • yabo2k3 Jul 5, 2011

    So, he willingly chose to drive over 120MPH on a 2-lane twisting road with 3 passengers? All this proves is that the driver was a dumb-donkey.

  • debnamdavis Jul 5, 2011

    Its media, way of the world. No matter who it involves or what the family is going through...new is news. I hate the media would do that and even more if it hits home, but it is what it is. Sober or drunk no one can control a car going over 120mph. Knowing he wasnt drinking doesnt really matter or make the situation look better....

  • imeanreally Jul 5, 2011

    WRAL....try having a heart for once....you've beat this horse into the ground. Let these families grieve, this isnt one of those "the public must know" things....enough is enough.

  • bombayrunner Jul 5, 2011

    hasn't this been cooked already?

  • heilama2003 Jul 5, 2011

    He could have been on a suicide mission or maybe he just died of a heart attack.

  • Pretzel Logic Jul 5, 2011

    So he screwed up sober? In my mind that's even worse, That means he made a conscious decision to act irresponsibly while fully aware of his capabilites,,, Good Grief...

  • bobbi732002 Jul 5, 2011

    I agree the families have suffered enough and we all know the kids were not drinking drop this story. Have some compassion for the families that had to bury there children and one who is fighting to regain his health who gets to watch this on the news. This story lacks class . Please take this down

  • kynownc Jul 5, 2011

    Please drop this story. The families are suffering enough. Anyone with common sense knows the kids weren't drinking. They just left a church function where adults were present. Let the families grieve in peace, please.