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Police: Underage driver caused Fayetteville pileup

Posted June 29, 2011
Updated July 1, 2011

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— A Fort Bragg soldier on motorcycle was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a six-vehicle pileup in Fayetteville that police say was caused by an underage driver.

The soldier, identified as Yordan Medina, was in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He suffered severe facial injuries.

The chain-reaction wreck started shortly before 3 p.m. when a 15-year-old girl driving a Saturn station wagon tried to turn left into a Citgo gas station at Yadkin and Fillyaw roads, police said.

Yadkin Road wreck Police: Underage driver caused Fayetteville pileup

Medina's motorcycle and a pickup truck collided with the Saturn as it turned into southbound traffic, and a second pickup that swerved to avoid the motorcycle hit two other cars, police said.

The 15-year-old, who has no driver's license, and her 10-year-old sister suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police said it was too early to say whether the 15-year-old or her parents would face charges in the case.

"Being a juvenile like that, I'm sure we can pursue charges on that," said Sgt. Eric Dow of the Fayetteville Police Department. "I think in a situation like this, it's more the responsibility of Mama or Daddy. Why (are they) driving this car? How (did) they get the keys? Where (are they) coming from?"

Yadkin Road was closed for two hours while police investigated the wreck.


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  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jul 1, 2011

    Too many "i dont believe in beating my child" parents in todays society!
    June 30, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    I was never beat or even grounded. Im educated, work, pay taxes, a homeowner, and voter. Obviously its not necessary. Your parents beat you? LOL WOW Im sorry.

  • ThePhwner Jul 1, 2011

    @Libertarian - 15-year old, no license, no adult in the car. Pretty sure that's not OK anywhere. Quit defending people who knowingly do stupid and illegal things. People like you are what's wrong with the world.

  • Sherlock Jun 30, 2011

    The state can not do anything to these kids, remember we want to change the law, so they(kids) are NOT RESPONSIBLE for their actions. Sorry it happened but what can we do now. Just let it go to we have to work with our kids better... sometime.

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  • carroln Jun 30, 2011

    its not the parents fault for the accident, but, if they had done a better job of "spoil the rod and spare the child" then the children would not have been in the car in the first place. Too many "i dont believe in beating my child" parents in todays society!

  • outside_chance Jun 30, 2011

    For the people saying "throw the book at the parents"..How do you know what part the parents played without more facts? Most parents frequently leave 15 year old children at home (or as a babysitter for younger children). I know mine left me at home at that age while they worked or ran errands.

    If there is evidence (or strong suspicion) that the parents knew about and/or condoned this under-age driving, then I agree the parents should be accountable as well. If a 15 year old was left home alone and decided to do this on their own, I would not think the parents should be held accountable (from a criminal standpoint).

  • bigpinkstork Jun 30, 2011

    Since she had the 10-year-old with her, I'm betting she was babysitting now that school it out. The kids got bored and knew where to find car keys, so it's off to the store for a treat! Or maybe the parents knew--lots of people of any age think the laws don't apply to them.

  • jbarron4950 Jun 30, 2011

    Did some of you even bother to read the story? Did she have a license from another state? The following quote from the story, which is listed below, answered that question. She had NO driver's license at all.

    "The 15-year-old, who has no driver's license, and her 10-year-old sister suffered minor injuries, police said."

    Do you get the picture now?

  • FromClayton Jun 30, 2011

    throw the book at the girl and the parents! This is NOT ok!

  • ConcernedNCC Jun 30, 2011

    LibertarianTechie: Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. Your statement only holds up if she currently holds a drivers' license in that other state. Otherwise, she knew she wasn't supposed to be driving.