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Report: Teen driver in fatal Raleigh wreck was drunk

Posted January 31, 2012

— 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.


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  • Sherlock Feb 1, 2012

    Parents will pay good lawyers to get them off and that will be the end of this.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 1, 2012

    Wondering now about all those people old and young that has been charged, have they learned anything from it. I hope so. Don't need any repeaters.

  • joneszee Feb 1, 2012

    The kid was a provisional driver, the parents should have left him in jail. They should be in the cell beside him and charged.

  • SmokeWagon Feb 1, 2012

    And his parents where where..???? And her parents where where..????

  • braddavis Feb 1, 2012

    I used to be a "drinker" in controlled drinking scenarios for LEO's recertifying for intoxilyer use. I was amazing that at a 0.05 BAC I had no business driving. 0.29 is ridiculous.

  • luxurytravel Feb 1, 2012


    He's out on bail now.......so, not sure how long he was in jail or even if he WAS in jail. Could have been a medical hold since he was injured in the accident?

    Either way, he's been bailed out (by someone)

  • beachblues1 Feb 1, 2012

    You do not get to 0.29 without some serious drinking. This was not a case of one too many, but many too many. I wonder what the parents were thinking when their 15 and 16 year olds are out at night.

  • Bill of Rights Feb 1, 2012

    Just out of curiosity ... I wonder how many of these kids are just following the example that their parents set for them? How many of them see mom and dad "throw back a few" and decide that they're OK to drive? Kids parrot the behavior they're exposed to ...

  • buford Feb 1, 2012

    @Bartmeister - So true...I believe they've bailed him out in the past and I would imageine it's probably the hardest thing they've ever had to do to leave him in there

  • Bartmeister Feb 1, 2012

    Was talking to a friend who met neighbors of the Prince's and supposedly the parents didn't bail the kid out. Says a lot when your parents won't bail you out of jail at 16.