More charges possible in Raleigh teen's fatal crash
Posted January 10, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police say more charges are possible in Saturday's fatal crash that killed a 17-year-old Millbrook High School student and injured the 16-year-old driver. Police and state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents are trying to figure out who provided the alcohol that was found in the Jeep.
Garrett Prince, of 11004 Coachmans Way, 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 "Liz" Molloy.
Witnesses said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Prince's Jeep, according to an arrest warrant, and officers found marijuana and open containers of wine in the vehicle.
A wreck report states that the Jeep was traveling 75 mph in a 30-mph zone when it crashed into a tree on Rainwater Road.
Several sources told WRAL News that the teens were at a party with other Millbrook High students on Friday night before the crash.
"There was a party and a lot of people went," said Millbrook High student Chris Cortes. "Apparently, he had been drinking and smoking, and she got in the car and she didn't know how drunk he was. Everybody went their separate ways, and that's when the accident happened."
Police say it's a crime to give or sell alcohol to minors and that anyone who provided the alcohol will face charges.
If charged and convicted under North Carolina law, they can face a fine of as much as $1,000 and be sentenced to up to 150 hours of community service. They can also be held liable in civil court for a death that resulted from their actions in the amount of $500,000.
A judge increased Prince's bond from $26,000 to $50,000 Monday 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.
Molloy's family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday 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.