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Families, friends bid farewell to four Wake teens

Posted June 9, 2011

— Friends and family grieved at funerals Thursday for four Wake County teenagers who died Sunday, three in a wreck and one from a fall at school.

Austin Leonard Flowers, 16, Lane Meyer, 16, and Matt Speight, 17, died Sunday evening when Flowers' Dodge Challenger crashed into a tree near Wake Forest. All three attended Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. 

Mehdy Hazheer, 18, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School, died of injuries sustained two days earlier when he fell while trying to climb a wall at the school and hit his head on bricks.

Flowers' football and baseball teammates were among 400 people who came to remember him during his funeral at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest.

Matt Kirschner recalled how he reacted when he found out his friend was dead.

"The first few hours, I couldn't – I just sat there, and finally my emotions started coming out, and I just cried for a long time," Kirschner said.

Rolesville Baptist Church, where the teens killed in the wreck belonged, hosted two of their funerals. A service for Meyer began at 11 a.m., and Speight's funeral was held at 2 p.m.

Meyer's parents remembered their son as "an incredible young man."

"He made us proud every day. He loved his church family and his soccer buddies and school classmates, as well as teachers," Meyer's parents said in a statement.

Speight would have celebrated his 18th birthday on Friday, the same day he was to graduate from Wake Forest-Rolesville High.

Four Wake teens laid to rest Four Wake teens laid to rest

The three died in a single-vehicle wreck at Old Pearce and Zebulon roads after an event at Rolesville Baptist. State troopers said that Flowers was speeding and lost control of his car. Authorities said the vehicle was going 129 mph before the crash and 90 mph on impact.

A fourth student, Brenden Pearce, 16, was injured in the wreck. He was in good condition at WakeMed Thursday. Pearce was Meyer's first cousin.

"To all parents, please remember to give your child hugs and kisses and remember to tell them how much you love them," Meyer's parents said. "To the youth, think about your parents, friends and family each and every time you get behind the wheel of a car."

Services for Hazheer was held at Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral home, 7501 Glennwood Ave in Raleigh, at 2:30 p.m.

Hazheer's parents remembered him as a "very exceptional, unique" child, a devout Muslim who founded interfaith student groups and made every decision prayerfully. He had been accepted to Harvard University.

"Mehdy was just beyond this world, and he's with God now," his cousin Neda Raheen said.


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  • lcbrown87 Jun 10, 2011

    A 16 year old..in a Dodge Challenger..driving 129mph..with 3 other teenagers..
    "When the provisional license holder is driving without a supervising driver there may only be 1 person under the age of 21 that is not an immediate family member in the vehicle. If there are immediate family members of the same household as the teen driver under the age of 21 in the vehicle, no other passengers under the age of 21 are allowed." -www.ncdot.org/dmv
    ..I feel for the families. It's tragic how it's almost impossible to graduate these days without dying or knowing someone who died in a car wreck before you're old enough to vote.

  • common_sense_plz Jun 10, 2011

    This is not the place to be so negative regarding these parents. Remember the parents of the driver has to live his life everyday knowing he no longer has a son, this is enough dont you think. I drive past this accident site and memorial everyday, I see the students, parents, strangers sitting on the side of the road just trying to come to grips with what has happened. No one on here needs anyone making ugly comments about the parents and their choices, they no longer have a SON! My prayers go out to all the families.

  • boatmonkey82 Jun 10, 2011

    Let the car tour the high schools and graduations as a sober reminder . The preaching doesnt work , the mocked wrecked cars doesnt work . I have a good feeling the car their friends were killed in would be a great impact on them . I know it would cause heartbreak to see it but its called tough love

  • JRS Jun 10, 2011

    I believe that some of those posting comments about the boys' parents should read Barry Saunders' article in the N&O, concerning the incident and the psyche of teenagers and teenage boys in particular.

    Teenage and adolescent boys will be boys and girls will be girls. Oh, that we could have the magic "pill" for the former, similar to that which we have for the latter's "risky" behavior. So, for the time being, we have to resolve ourselves to the fact that the same tendencies towards risky behavior that make our boys heroes on the fields, pitches, and courts has a serious side effect behind the wheel.

    As Mr. Saunders' article states many (most) older males are here today only because we were lucky to survive our teenage indiscretions.

    My mentor once told me that sometimes he'd rather be lucky than good, because a lot of his peers were much better engineers than he.

    As parents, we all try to be good. But, in dealing with these situations, it helps to be lucky.

    Please, concerning anyt

  • CandyParamedic Jun 10, 2011

    I am so sorry for the families who are going through this nightmare. I cannot imagine a sadder situation for them.

    I sincerely hope that we can ALL learn from this horrible loss and all be cautious behind the wheel. I see more accidents than I care to think about and unfortunately the worst ones usually involve teen drivers, in groups, high speeds, at night. It is so sad when it happens. Throw in a high performance vehicle or sports care and you have a sure recipe for disaster.

  • westernwake1 Jun 9, 2011

    Tragic. My condolences and prayers go out to the families and friends.

  • norrismarion Jun 9, 2011

    I feel very sad for these families, but I am new to NC and one thing I have noticed is that people drive very fast here. I have heard of so many accidents involving our young people which I truly love, however, I feel that parents everywhere need to talk to their children about speed. This young man was only 16, why in the world was he going so fast, my 17 y ear old wants her driving license, I told her we need to wait until I feel she mature enough to make wise decisions, and see the important driving the speed limit. I also explain that a car is not a toy, it can be very dangerous. So parents talk to your children about driving, and if you dont think they are ready, dont go and buy them a car.

  • ncmickey Jun 9, 2011

    129 mph....

  • Squirreling Dervish Jun 9, 2011


    I got my Jetta up to past 115 before. Doesn't matter the car. Any car from a Pinto, to a Bugatti Veyron, is a dangerous weapon in inexperienced hands.

  • mrallpurpose Jun 9, 2011

    I'm really tired of being indundated with this story now. These teens aren't the 1st kids to die on road in NC. These kids were going 129 MPH in a Dodge Challenger people...that wasn't very wise. I kid tragically died in Fayeteville around the same time as this story, but hasn't been mentioned since; what is it so special about these kids that makes them so newsworthy? Don't get me wrong..I feel for their familes, and yes, this is tragic, but let's move on already!