Police: 14-year-old behind wheel in fatal Fayetteville crash
Posted August 23, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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.
"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.