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911 caller describes teen's fatal crash scene in Raleigh

Posted January 9, 2012
Updated January 10, 2012

— 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.

Elizabeth Molloy Raleigh high school grieving after classmate's death

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.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Students of AMF. Condolences can be sent to the family at the website of Brown-Wynne.


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  • orangemoonlite Jan 10, 2012

    To those of you "curfews are pointless" posters...Why do you think curfews were created to begin with and why do you think the law imposes them in some areas present day?!!! Kids today do not have boundaries, nor proper discipline...and that would most certainly be the parents' faults. I didn't sneak out of my house and was definitely not partying at age 16...because my (single) mother was the authority in the house & I respected her rules - or ELSE! Punishment: being grounded, receiving spankings, and "my" things were taken away...not "entitlements", but my luxuries and my priviledges.

  • Pepe Silvia Jan 10, 2012

    I've been out of high school for (only) a decade, but I didn't have a curfew. I went to see a lot of bands play, even on school nights, and the agreement was that I had to be able to get up and go to school the next day.

    Everyone gets so worked up over "what they were doing out at that hour" but ignores the fact that this could have happened just as easily at 10pm - when MORE people could have been on the road and at risk.

    Point is, not EVERY kid that's out until 2am is getting into trouble, and not every kid that's home by 10pm isn't. My parents and I kept an open dialog, and they knew where I'd be - they may not have been thrilled I was seeing a punk band at a seedy dive bar or happy when I came home bruised from the mosh pit but they knew I wasn't claiming to be at a friends house and going anyway.

    (PS, despite the user name, I'm the oldest child and female, so this wasn't a youngest child / boys will be boys type thing either)

  • haggis basher Jan 10, 2012

    "Do parents not give kids CURFEW anymore? I was never allowed out past 10, nor were any of my friends."

    and what would they have done if you had not complied? Beat you? lock you up? You have to grasp that rules only apply to kids this big IF they want to obey.

    When will some of these parents wake up?! There is NO reason these kids should be out of the house that late. Get with it, parents!

    Perhaps the parents did not try but we do not know that was the case here.

  • Platinum Jan 10, 2012

    About the curfew...as a teen (albeit, an older teen of 17 or 18) my friends and I would tell our parents we were spending the night at each other's houses. Then we would sit around in dark parking lots or out on the empty football field, drinking beer and listening to music. For some reason we had a small amount of good sense and I don't remember anyone driving who had more than a beer, two at the most. We never drove fast, either - we were too terrified of getting caught. Anyway, my point is the parents "may" be getting the same shifty treatment we gave ours by saying we were having a sleep-over. There was one girl who lived with her dad and we usually ended up at her house eventually. I hope I'm not too arrogant when the time comes, but I'd like to think I'll know if/when my kids ever try to get away with anything.

  • clintoflannagan Jan 10, 2012

    For those complaining that the bond was too low: apparently it's high enough because he's still in jail.

  • lmarks Jan 10, 2012

    lovethesouth1 wrote "Do parents not give kids CURFEW anymore? I was never allowed out past 10, nor were any of my friends."

    In the mid-1960s when I was in my late teens I was cuddling with a young lady when I realized it was after 1:00 am. I asked her whether she sould be in trouble for being out so late.

    She answered sweetly, "My father says that anything I could do after midnight I could just as well do before midnight. I have no curfew."

  • lovethesouth1 Jan 10, 2012

    NO NO NO. She committed NO crime. She made a mistake of getting in the wrong car with the wrong person and has dearly paid for that. HE committed the crime, not her.
    haggis basher

    I agree, unless she had alcohol and marijuana in her system. Which in effect, would be a crime. Even so, you're right that the driver is still absolutely at fault, as he is the one that got behind the wheel. If she was intoxicated as well, that would've also affected her judgement. This story also doesn't mention that this happened in the wee hours of the morning. Do parents not give kids CURFEW anymore? I was never allowed out past 10, nor were any of my friends. When will some of these parents wake up?! There is NO reason these kids should be out of the house that late. Get with it, parents!

  • teklc Jan 10, 2012

    Bond should be MUCH HIGHER for a death

  • Pseudonym Jan 10, 2012


    You do realize, of course, that a bond is not a punishment? A bond is simply an exchange: release from jail in return for showing up in court. Apparently this judge doesn't feel that a 17 year old is a severe flight risk.

  • tafoster86 Jan 10, 2012

    WOW! First a $26,000 bond for killing someone, DWI etc... Then ONLY $50,000 due to a prior conviction! Wake up people! I have seen higher bonds on people with less charges! Not fair! This really paints a pretty picture... And the beat goes on!