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East Wake High student charged in fatal crash

Posted December 10, 2009

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— An East Wake High School student was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in a high-speed crash Monday that killed a classmate.

Austin Wade Marx, 17, of 204 Gail Ridge Lane in Wendell, surrendered to authorities Thursday afternoon. He was released into the custody of his parents and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday morning.

Marx was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Camaro on Puryear Road in Knightdale Monday when he lost control of the car, which went off the road and overturned, according to state Highway Patrol troopers.

Boyd Westover, 16, a passenger in the car, died Tuesday morning at WakeMed from injuries suffered in the wreck.

Marx was treated at WakeMed Monday and released. His arrest photo shows several scrapes on the right side of his face.

The two students were headed to lunch off campus at the time of the wreck, authorities said.

Witnesses reported the Camaro was traveling up to 90 mph. Investigators said evidence at the scene supported those reports.

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  • kewlmom Dec 11, 2009

    I do agree that the lunch periods need to be longer. When you look at the logistics of all those kids leaving campus and returning within 35 minutes, there is not nearly enough time.

    My thoughts are with the families, and I hope they can find comfort in the good memories they have of their loved one.

  • nittanylionfan Dec 11, 2009

    i attend east wake high, and all i have to say is this: WE'VE ALREADY LOST ONE FRIEND, DON'T MAKE US LOOSE ANOTHER. we love austin, simple as that.

  • hurricane04343 Dec 11, 2009

    james27613 "Are other students just hanging out or is everyone at lunch ?"

    While there will be kids skipping their classes, that number is very small from what I understand, and most kids at lunch are rightfully there.

    One can easily say to keep all the kids on campus. But as I said before, it is impossible. The cafeteria has a limited space. Kids can't eat in the hallways as there are classes going on. They have to stay inside, sit in the library (where you are not allowed to eat, go figure), or sit outside in the courtyard (again, very limited space, and not practical in the rain or cold). The fact is, unless the cafeteria was perhaps tripled in size, juniors and seniors can not eat on campus.

    I would love for them to also extend the time of lunch. We have 35 minutes to eat. For juniors and seniors, that means 35 min to walk to your car, to get out of parking lot, drive to a restaurant, park, order, eat, drive back to school, get back into the parking lot, and get back to class.

  • james27613 Dec 11, 2009

    If the cafeteria is overcrowded, perhaps in violation of the
    fire code, the school must take steps to fix this problem.

    Are other students just hanging out or is everyone at lunch ?

    james 27613, i go to east wake and thats exactly how it is. only juniors and seniors leave for lunch and we cant stay on campus becauce cafeteria space is limited.

  • kewlmom Dec 11, 2009

    At 17 the young man is on the cusp of leaving home. He is looking forward to prom, sr trip, and maybe college. He has weekends of hanging out with his friends, or maybe taking a girl out on a date. A 17 y/o's thoughts do not venture too far from the here and now. As a parent, I try really hard to teach my kids to think through their actions. Does that mean they are perfect? No. Does it mean they will make fewer mistakes than most? No. All it means is that I've done the best I could to prepare them for adulthood. Sadly, one young man has lost his life, and will never have the opportunity to experience all life has to offer. Another young man has had his life irrevocably changed in a way that I am unable imagine. For those that think this young man will not feel guilt, you are underestimating the emotions of a teenager. The driver will live with this the rest of his life. I don't think there's anything a judge can do to him that will be more painful than burying his friend.

  • nittanylionfan Dec 11, 2009

    Have you EVER gone just 1 mph over the speed limit? Driven with your headlights off while your wipers were on? Turned without using a signal? These are ALL against the law, and COULD... put you and/or someone else on the road at risk for an accident. Remeber...YOU made the decision to break the law...fortunately, you got away with it...no harm no foul? Let me just remind you...breaking the law is breaking the law. STOP THROWING STONES...UNLESS YOU ARE PERFECT...YOU HAVE NO ROOM TO TALK

  • nittanylionfan Dec 11, 2009

    Before being so quick to judge and condemn....think for just a moment~ have you EVER gone just 1 mph over the speed limit? Driven with your headlights off while your wipers were on? Turned without using a signal? These are ALL against the law, and COULD... put you and/or someone else on the road at risk for an accident. Remeber...YOU made the decision to break the law...fortunately, you got away with it...no harm no foul? Let me just remind you...breaking the law is breaking the law. STOP THROWING STONES...UNLESS YOU ARE PERFECT...YOU HAVE NO ROOM TO TALK

  • SweetB Dec 11, 2009

    THANK YOU CAROLINE MARIE: "Everyone is so judgemental. A lot of knee jerk reactions going on. "Throw the book at him, make an example of him" quoting one of the first posts. Why in the world would you want a second young man's life ruined. You don't know the kind of good he may accomplish after this life changing event. Yes, he should be punished. Restricted Driver's license or revocation, driving school, a job, community service, speaking to other teens at Driver's Ed classes, monetary fine, and keep up good grades and some type of probation. Don't sent this child to prison. He isn't some thug that pulled a loaded gun and shot someone. He's a kid with poor judgement when it comes to driving. And quit blaming the car, my son got a 92 in a 55 driving a 4 cylinder car. Luckily, the trooper was able to stop him before something bad happened. He was rushing to beat that 9pm Cinderella curfew that is imposed on 16 year olds.
    Caroline Marie"

    Ditto.

  • wakemom Dec 11, 2009

    funny ppl wanted to lock up the bus driver for causing the "accident" with the firefighter. but this kid it is an "accident" and you say poor child dont lock him up. cant have it both ways!

  • lizard Dec 11, 2009

    "Don't send him to prison! He has enough punishment in that he must live with the horror of the loss the rest of his life."

    Why do we think he is even bothered by his friend's death? Are you sure you're not giving him credit for your compassion for life?

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