911 caller describes teen's fatal crash scene in Raleigh
Posted January 9, 2012
Updated January 10, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A 911 caller described the scene Saturday after a 16-year-old Millbrook High School student lost control of his Jeep and crashed into a tree, killing his 17-year-old passenger.
"There’s a car that came down Rainwater (Road) and hit a tree, and it looks like it’s on fire," the caller said. "It sounded like he came down the hill about 100 miles an hour and slammed on brakes and headed down the hill and right up into my yard and hit the tree."
The driver, Garrett Prince, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, provisional DWI, careless and reckless driving, having an open container of liquor, speeding and possession of marijuana in the death of his friend and passenger, Elizabeth Molloy, a junior at Millbrook High.
A wreck report states that the Jeep was traveling 75 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Raleigh police say they are working with the Alcohol Law Enforcement agency to track down where Prince got the alcohol.
Prince, who was treated for injuries at WakeMed, walked into the courtroom Monday on crutches, still banged up and bruised from the crash.
A judge increased his bond from $26,000 to $50,000 after learning that he was on probation for a prior breaking and entering and larceny conviction. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 30.
Meanwhile, Molloy's classmates at Millbrook High were trying to make sense of the weekend tragedy.
Principal Dana King said the entire school is coping one day at a time.
"Today was about support and supporting each other in this initial grief," she said.
Molloy was an honors student who was active in student government and the lacrosse club, and one of her greatest passions was helping others. Among her many volunteer activities, she was an after-school counselor with the YMCA and a volunteer tutor at the Helping Hands Center in downtown Raleigh.
A large boulder painted pink – Molloy's favorite color – with "RIP Liz!" sat outside the front of the school. Balloons with messages written on them also hung from nearby trees.
"Liz, I love you so much. This is so hard," one balloon said. "I don't know what I’m going to do without you."
Molloy's family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road.
Funeral services will be at Saint Raphael The Archangel Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Road at 11 a.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends one hour prior to the service.