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Police: 14-year-old behind wheel in fatal Fayetteville crash

Posted August 23, 2013

— Police on Friday identified the driver who was killed last weekend when a pickup hit a utility pole and caught on fire in Fayetteville.

Makayla Dooley, 14, of Paddlewheel Road in Fayetteville, lost control of the 2002 Ford pickup shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday and slammed into a utility pole on Morganton Road near Bonanza Drive, police said.

Dooley, who would have started her freshman year at Westover High School next Monday, appeared to be headed home about 2 miles away when she crashed, police said.

It's unclear why she was behind the wheel, and police are still investigating where she was coming from and whether speed, alcohol or texting while driving played a role in the crash.

No charges will be filed against the girl's parents, police said, noting that they have no evidence to suggest the parents were aware that the girl had taken her father's pickup until investigators notified them of her death.

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"You're talking about a child," said Lt. Todd Joyce, a spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department. "Any death is bad, but having to tell a family, that's a difficult part of the job."

Dooley's parents declined to comment Friday.

No one else was in the pickup at the time of the crash, which caused some power outages and closed a section of Morganton Road for several hours.

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  • beachboater Aug 26, 3:11 p.m.

    "Dooley's parents declined to comment Friday. - STORY

    Who would ask the parents for a comment? Their daughter is dead."

    "Well a good question to have asked them would be were they aware she was out driving at 3am and was this the first time she had done something like this. mojaintsmall

    Click to view my profile mojaintsmall"

    Maybe a good question for law enforcement, but certainly not from the media!

  • fishon Aug 26, 12:50 p.m.

    I am still amazed at the number of comments here trying to put some blame on the parents. Were you a PERFECT kid, did you NEVER sneak out, take your parents car? geez folks get real
    Scubagirl

    Not perfect but none of us (3) stole our parents car or used it without permission.

  • fishon Aug 26, 12:47 p.m.

    I remember the days of pushing mom's car out the driveway and 1/4 mile down the road before starting it then cutting it off and coasting into the driveway when I came back.
    casoucie

    So your parents were clueless as well.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 23, 6:29 p.m.

    And like 2thec asked, how did she get the keys?

    Our dad's keys were always either in his pocket or on his night stand when he was asleep.

    They're just like a firearm or other weapon, if you leave them where they can be readily accessed, there's more of a chance they will be used than if you lock them up or supervise them closely.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 23, 6:08 p.m.

    Scuba - I was far from perfect, still am - but I never snuck out and I never took our parents car without their permission.

    If a child is raised right from the start, there is less of a chance of things like this happening, and the child has a better chance of living a longer happier life.

    You can't start enforcing rules when they're 12. It has to start when they're 2.

    If you can't control a 2 year old, how can you ever hope to control a 12 year old?

    It's absurd for a parent not to think ahead to that time.

  • ctya Aug 23, 5:43 p.m.

    The ones saying charger the parents must have been angels as teens and young adults and have no children or your kids don't do anything. When I was a teen we did all kinds of things. Thank God nothing happened. Also my teen was taken my car/truck but she always got busted because I check my mileage and gas when I got out the car because my brother and I would go out on my mothers car. The saints of GOLO smdh

  • Scubagirl Aug 23, 5:34 p.m.

    I am still amazed at the number of comments here trying to put some blame on the parents. Were you a PERFECT kid, did you NEVER sneak out, take your parents car? geez folks get real

  • mojaintsmall Aug 23, 5:22 p.m.

    "Dooley's parents declined to comment Friday. - STORY

    Who would ask the parents for a comment? Their daughter is dead."

    Well a good question to have asked them would be were they aware she was out driving at 3am and was this the first time she had done something like this. mojaintsmall

  • beachboater Aug 23, 4:49 p.m.

    "Dooley's parents declined to comment Friday"

    Shame on you for asking them to comment!!!!!

  • UPTOP Aug 23, 4:41 p.m.

    Parents now have to deal with laying their child to rest and spend the rest of their lives playing the What If Game ! sad all the way around.

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