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Report: Millbrook High student killed in wreck was drunk

Posted January 30, 2012
Updated January 31, 2012

— A Millbrook High School student killed three weeks ago in a north Raleigh wreck was legally drunk, according to a toxicology report released Monday.

Elizabeth Molloy, 17, died on Jan. 7 when the Jeep she was riding in went out of control on Rainwater Road and slammed into a tree.

Molloy had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12, according to the toxicology report. Under North Carolina law, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 is enough to be considered impaired.

The driver of the Jeep, Garrett Prince, 16, of 11004 Coachman's Way, has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, provisional DWI, careless and reckless driving, having an open container of liquor, speeding and possession of marijuana.

Four other people also have been charged in the case.

Authorities say Hannah R. Smith, 18, of 8617 Hawksmoor Drive, hosted an underage drinking party that Molloy and Prince attended; Anthony Du Juan Geter, 21, of 7101 Sandy Forks Road, Apt. 3A, bought two bottles of rum for a group of teens; and Samantha M. McKinney, 17, of Raleigh, and an unidentified 15-year-old helped buy the liquor.

Prince, Smith and McKinney are all Millbrook High students.

A wreck report states that the Jeep was traveling 75 mph in a 30-mph zone when it crashed into a tree on Rainwater Road.


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  • bill0 Jan 31, 2012

    "The legal limit is .08 The law is set at that limit for a reason."

    Actually, the legal limit for minors is zero. Beyond that, no, they really didn't pick 0.08 for a reason - at least no a scientific reason. The AMA had recommended 0.15 in the 1950's. Actual reaction times etc start to drop at only 0.03. Most states were at 0.10 in the 1980's. Then MADD and SADD mounted major campaigns to lowed the limits and convinced the Feds to link transportation to a maximum of 0.08 level. Every state caved and made that the law.

  • AtALost Jan 31, 2012

    "Poor choice or not, let's have a little more respect for the deceased in the media."

    Why do we expect so much respect for the dead? If she was at Rex in intensive care, it would be ok? Personally, I think the living deserves more respect and privacy than we give. IF this information shouldn't be shared, then it shouldn't be shared period. But it is part of the story and the media knows some people love having all the details. I doubt there'd be so many complaints if this been a story about two southeast Raleigh teens.

  • Pepe Silvia Jan 31, 2012

    "I had to pick my boys up a few times at parties and such when they were in high school. I am thankful that they WERE NOT TOO SCARED TO CALL ME if they needed a ride. Kids should be able to talk to their parents." -Arkansas Razorback

    Good for you for being such a responsible parent who raised responsible children!

    My parents always told me that if I ended up in a situation where I or my ride was drinking, I would not be in trouble as long as I called them for a ride instead of getting into a car/behind the wheel. When my little sister got into high school, I made the same offer to her - that I would pick her up anywhere, anytime - and I will do the same for my children.

  • aprilhunter220 Jan 31, 2012

    No really...

  • buford Jan 31, 2012

    @robjustrob...i totally understand where you're coming from and agree...to a point..they could have just said, she was drunk...but the media started this...when this story was first published the media made it sound as if this boy was nothing but trouble and this beautiful young girl died because "for some reason" she got in the car with him when he was drunk. Again poor decision making all the way around caused this terrible tragedy.

  • robjustrob Jan 31, 2012

    Do we really need to know what this girl's blood/alcohol concentration was? She was a passenger. I haven't heard of anyone being charged for MDWI (makings decisions while intoxicated) or RWI (riding while intoxicated). Yes, alcohol was a factor in poor decision-making, and it could be stated in that general manner, but to divulge the lab values of a minor who was a victim of the driver's poor judgement borders on a gratuitous invasion of this girl's privacy. Care to publish the results of her hormonal levels at the time she decided to get in a vehicle with an impaired driver? PMS or outright pregnancy might have been a factor in her poor decision making. Should we publish those bits of personal information, too? Poor choice or not, let's have a little more respect for the deceased in the media. Are they going to charge her posthumously with FTWSBUI (failure to wear a seatbelt under the influence)? C'mon people - let's not let these sensational violations of privacy go unnoticed.

  • buford Jan 31, 2012

    I have to say I'm not surprised...she was not an innocent victim in all of this...she had a choice but made a very poor decision and paid the ultimate price for it. Very sad and tragic all around for those involved and their families.

  • dollibug Jan 31, 2012

    Choices and consequences....everyone has them and makes them...some are good and some are bad and some are really bad...
    these teens made some really bad choices...and now they have to live with a friend who died....someone might have made a difference....but what is done is done...here is hoping that GOD will comfort the family of this teen who was killed due to alcohol and choices where were made. And I do hope and pray that other parents will talk to your children about choices and consequences....it is IMPORTANT....and only THEY can do it...you can lead a horse to water...but you can not FORCE the horse to drink....

  • vandykebrune Jan 31, 2012

    WRAL - could have worded this : Deceased Teen Passenger legally impaired, according to BAC toxicology report. Or is that too lengthy and not sensational enough? As to the rest of the bloggers who like the first version and think it accurate, since when is compassion for the errors of teenage judgment out of fashion? I remember mine, do you remember yours?

  • carolinagal78 Jan 31, 2012

    Some people kill me. I have read some silly comments. The legal limit is .08 The law is set at that limit for a reason. A 17yr old who probably rarely drinks would certainly be intoxicated at this level or even below. There are a lot of factors like weight & consumption amount that go into determining at what point someone is considered drunk. The big picture is that these teens were drinking alcohol illegally and then one chose to drive drunk. I hope the people who bought the alcohol are punished to the fullest extent. This needs to stop. My heart goes out to all the families.