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More charges possible in Raleigh teen's fatal crash

Posted January 10, 2012

— 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.

Garrett Prince Alcohol provider could face charges in fatal crash

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.

Garrett Prince Alcohol provider could face charges in fatal crash

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 on the Brown-Wynne website


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  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jan 12, 2012

    you missed the whole point...

  • s222kelly Jan 12, 2012

    Hearfelt sympathy and prayers to Liz's family.

  • cn38of50 Jan 11, 2012

    And to the person who asked if you knew who supplied the alcohol and didn't tell could you get in trouble...YES!

    It's called obstruction of justice.

  • cn38of50 Jan 11, 2012

    Yet another fatality involving a young driver. When is the state going to wise up and raise legal driving age to 18?

  • dogluv3r Jan 11, 2012

    People, do me a favor. Go home, hug your kids, your grandkids, nephews, and nieces. tell them you love them, and beg, plead, grovel, threaten, whatever you have to do, to get them to not make the same mistakes these kids made. Make them promise to call if they are ever in the same situation then hope to G*d they do. Then say a prayer for the families involved. Then next time you sit down to type on your computer I want you to think about something. I want you to think about what you would say to these parents if they were in front of you. I am not disagreeing with what a lot of you are saying. What I am saying is would you say it to them if they were standing in front of you right this minute? If not, maybe it is time we back away, let law enforcement do their job, and let these families grieve. None of us were there. We don't know the whole story. We should be supporting them in their time of loss, not throwing them to the wolves.

  • chattycat Jan 11, 2012

    @ral_e_guy: What part of illegal do you not understand? These "children" got the alcohol from someone that chose to disregard the LAW. No one is witch hunting. Being an adult requires taking responsibility for one's actions. Selling or distributing alcohol to underage teens is AGAINST THE LAW, MAKING IT A CRIME!

  • unitedwestand Jan 11, 2012

    Maybe if a nation-wide curfew was set for children under 18 to be inside by 9 or 10pm it would stop most of these teen deaths. So sad. Praying for both families.

  • chowchowmom Jan 11, 2012

    @ srobertson I am not condoning alcohol consumption of underage drinkers but as far as judgement goes I am quite certain that people over the age of 21 drink and drive too.

  • ral_e_guy Jan 11, 2012

    You say that someone under 21 can't make a decision on their own to drink? Yet at 18 they can join the military go to a foreign country where they can legally drink and kill or be killed by the enemy? They can vote in the next leader of our country at 18. Is 21 really the age where someone gains maturity? I know people at 40 that have less maturity than some 14 year olds.

    And the "everyone involved" statement...does that include the store that sold the wine/beer? The company that made the wine/beer? How about the guy that picked the grapes/hops? How about the farmer that planted the crop? Where would you like to draw the line on responsibility?

    Stop witch hunting.

    The responsibility here lies with the parents and how that child was raised to make decisions. Yes this is VERY sad, yes it happens every day somewhere in the world. We all just have to STOP blaming everyone else and start taking a look at ourselves and what we teach our children.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Jan 11, 2012

    1. Yes the person who provided the alcohol will be charged cause it's illegal. Watch and see.
    2. Charging people for no reason IS a joke. Holding them responsible for breaking the law is very real. This ain't hot coffee at MCDONALDS with a stupid joke lawsuit. someone is dead.


    This is a sad story of teenagers doing exactly what they want to do with no regaurd for laws, parents opinions or realizing they are not immortal. Everyone involved is guilty to some degree.