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Driver charged after four teens injured in Clayton crash

Posted October 24, 2011
Updated October 27, 2011

— A 17-year-old driver was charged with driving while impaired in a Saturday night wreck in which he and three other teens were injured, authorities said Monday.

Brandon Scott Lee also was charged with violating his provisional driver's license, and authorities said other charges are pending.

Highway Patrol troopers said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which happened around 11 p.m. near the intersection of Amelia Church and Corbett roads.

The car left the road and left a path of debris that stretched across two yards. One piece of the car ended up on the roof of a mobile home.

Latest Johnston teen-driving wreck leaves four injured Latest Johnston teen-driving wreck leaves four injured

"It was the worst wreck I've ever seen in person," said nearby resident Nicholas Findeisn, who was one of the first people on the scene. "You heard a lot of metal crunching ... You could hear a girl screaming, and that's when we ran over to where the scene was."

In addition to Lee, sisters Alicia McCarthy, 15, and Amira McCarthy, 14, and Stephen Andrew Pasquarella, 18, were injured. Authorities said Lee and Pasquarella remained hospitalized Monday at WakeMed, but their conditions were unknown.

Crashes involving teens are nothing new in Johnston County, which led the state with 11 fatal teen crashes in 2007. The county's public school system added new education and awareness programs. In 2009, the county saw seven teen fatalities. That dropped to three in 2010. So far this year, the county has had two, both in January.

"It's a peer-to-peer program, where students work with other students and create teen safe driving initiatives," said Lynda Carroll, the vice chairwoman of a county teen driver task force formed in 2008. "We believe that it is having an impact."

Carroll said excessive speed, not wearing seat belts and running off rural roads are the biggest problems. In addition to school programs, her group has lobbied the state to improve drivers education.


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  • CHHSMom Oct 26, 2011

    I do not understand why parents, even those that can afford it, buy their teenage drivers brand new, fast sports cars...brand new cars of any kind for that matter!! Mostly I do not understand why parents do not MAKE their teenage drivers abide by the rules of their provisional driver's license...maybe the law should allow for those parents to be held responsibile as well!! At least, from what I understand, these kids were wearing their seatbelts!!

  • EnoughzEnough Oct 26, 2011

    And this is not his first offense when it comes to alcohol. Too bad his parents didn't realize he had a problem with alcohol when he went to school drunk last spring and passed out in class. Maybe now they will open their eyes and get him some help before he kills or injures himself - or someone innocent who has the unfortuate luck of being in his path of self destruction.

  • combatvet Oct 25, 2011

    I wonder how big the law suit will be against the Lee family, considering Brandon's dad is the owner of Scott Lee Homes.

  • JoCoTeen Oct 25, 2011

    I would like to know that everybody reading this understands that there was drinking and driving involved, not only drinking and driving but underage, and not 18 and the maturity level of a 20 year old, but 14 and 15 year old CHILDREN. As a teen driver in Johnston County It irks my nerves that I could very well have been driving down that same road, or anybody else for that matter, and have been struck by a drunk teenager doing VERYYY excessive speeds in his sportscar. As much as I want to blame the parents, it all goes back to .. If you're not mature and responsible enough NOT to drink and drive, you shouldn't be drinking. Thank God they're alive, but after that .. i show no sympathy.

  • Mr. D3 Oct 25, 2011

    cwood, I'll stand by my statement but it still isn't saying much, they're both very dangerous places BECAUSE OF TEENAGERS!

  • cwood3 Oct 25, 2011

    MrD3, I live in JoCo-several miles for this site. No-I disagree wit your comparison between JoCO roads and Durham. He have teen accidents occasionsally(at last those that make the news). We get drive bys and shootings in Durham constantly.

    We certainly hope the precious childrens recover-both physically and mentally!! Our prayers are with all parties.

  • Mr. D3 Oct 25, 2011

    The rural roads of Johnston county are more dangerous for teens than the urban streets of Durham

  • u stand corrected Oct 25, 2011

    Cops were the least of my fears. I feared my daddy!!! Kids have to fear something. When did that become a bad thing?

  • RaleighPirate Oct 25, 2011

    When I see one of these stories I want to clip the article out of a newspaper and paste it into a scrapbook for my kids to read and hopefully learn from before they start to drive. These stories are so sad. Kids that age just don't realize the risks and responsiblity they have/take when they get behind the wheel. Throw in an impairing substance, other kids in the car and all of the other distractions and you are asking for trouble. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those involved in this accident.

  • Disabled Vet Oct 25, 2011

    If I had even thought of doing that at age 17 one thing is for sure. I would never see age 18. Well, I probably would see my 18th birthday but you better believe that I would probably wish I was dead.back then parents were allowed to discipline their kids and make responsible, productive members of society out of them.

    Today, presents want to be their kids best friends so daggone bad, that the lose track of being their parents.

    I pray and hope they all recover and hopefully, but doubtfully learn from this major act of stupidity and become better people because of it.