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Report: Speed played role in deadly Princeton crash

Posted September 23, 2008

— A preliminary report shows that speed played a part in a deadly crash Sept. 18 that claimed the lives of a Princeton High School student and his friend.

Investigators estimate the Saturn carrying Brandon Baker, 21, and Matthew Stewart, 17, was traveling at about 70 mph when the driver lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic on Fellowship Church Road.

Baker and Stewart were killed. Two other Princeton students were injured. The driver of the car, Nathan Pearson, 17, was in good condition at WakeMed Tuesday. The other passenger, Codie McConnell, 17, was in fair condition.

The driver of the other vehicle, Rosa Wilson, 80, was in serious condition Tuesday at Duke Hospital.

The State Highway Patrol was consulting with the district attorney about the crash, but no charges had been filed against Pearson.


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  • ccacrabbitdog Sep 24, 2008

    jonesjoyful says it doesn't matter who is at fault....hello it does matter.....its the fault of lawyers and judges that let young speeders off with a slap on the wrist or let them off completely...and parents that whine and gets mad at leo's when little johnny gets caught....

  • teacher-mom Sep 23, 2008

    I am glad there was no alcohol.

  • ecuwoman Sep 23, 2008

    You know, it is a tragedy but how many that posts here have NEVER speeded before or done anything reckless that put themselves or others at risk...um, no one. So, I dont think it is important WHOSE fault it is and why but instead on the grieving families of ALL involved and how we could help them..

  • news4u Sep 23, 2008

    SAD, SAD , SAD - You can see the photos at www.firenews.net.

  • anonemoose Sep 23, 2008

    So, where are all the apologies from those who said that speed had nothing to do with this collision, and that it wasn't the child's fault.