Two injured after car lands near Johnston County home
Posted May 8, 2012
Angier, N.C. — Two Johnston County men were recovering from a wreck Tuesday afternoon after one of them was thrown 75 feet from his car Monday night after it crashed dangerously close to a family's home.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said David Collins, 18, of Zacks Mill Road in Angier, was going about 80 mph in a 55 mph speed zone when he went around a curve on Zacks Mill Road and lost control of his Pontiac G6.
The car went airborne around 9:30 p.m. and crashed on the lawn of the home where Nicki Williams' and her two young children were visiting her mother.
Williams said the driver hit a telephone pole, ran into a ditch, went airborne and rolled several times before landing in the yard at 2389 Zacks Mill Road. Pieces of the car flew off, striking the home and causing minor damage. The Pontiac was destroyed.
"It was the most horrifying crash sound that I've ever heard," Williams said Tuesday.
Williams said when she went outside to see what had happened, she saw Tyler Lewis, 20, crawling from the car and Collins face-down and breathing with difficulty.
Collins, authorities said, was not wearing his seatbelt.
Lewis and Collins were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where they were expected to recover from their injuries.
No one in the house was hurt.
A student at South Johnston High School, Collins will face charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving and provisional DWI, the state Highway Patrol said.
The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement is also investigating the crash.
A state trooper found an empty beer bottle next to the car door, and Lewis, of 3030 Micro Road, Selma, admitted that the pair had been drinking beer and fishing before the wreck.
Williams said she is relieved that both men will recover and hopes that other young drivers take notice.
"I know, even when I was a teenager, we feel invincible," she said, "and a lot of times, that leads to reckless behavior."