Report: Teen driver in fatal Raleigh wreck was drunk
Posted January 31, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — A Millbrook High School student involved in a wreck three weeks ago that killed a classmate had more than three times the alcohol in his system at which drivers are considered impaired, according to a report released Tuesday.
Garrett Prince lost control of his Jeep on Jan. 7 and slammed into a tree along Rainwater Road, police said. A wreck report states that the Jeep was traveling 75 mph in a 30-mph zone at the time.
Prince's passenger, Elizabeth Molloy, 17, died from blunt-force trauma to her head in the crash, according to an investigative report from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The report notes that Prince had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29. Under North Carolina law, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 is enough to be considered impaired.
A toxicology report released Monday showed that Molloy had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12.
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.
Like Prince, Smith and McKinney are Millbrook High students.