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Reports: Passengers killed in Wake Forest crash had not been drinking

Posted June 28, 2011

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— Toxicology reports on two teens killed in a June 5 car crash in Wake Forest confirm that they did not have alcohol or drugs in their systems.

An investigation of the crash that killed Lane Meyer, 16, of Wake Forest, Matt Speight, 17, of Raleigh, and driver Austin Leonard Flowers, 16, of Wake Forest, found that Flowers' Dodge Challenger was going more than 120 mph when he lost control at the intersection of Old Pearce and Zebulon roads and slammed into a tree.

State troopers said at the time of the crash that they suspected speed, not impairment, was the key contributor in the crash. The toxicology test released Tuesday confirms that neither Meyer nor Speight had been drinking. A report on Flowers' condition has not yet been released.

Brenden Pearce, 16, of Wake Forest, was also in the car. He suffered serious injuries, but was released from the hospital Saturday, according to family members. 

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  • bettyboop40 Jun 29, 2011

    RIP boys! Prayers to the families.

  • NCishome Jun 29, 2011

    I think just due to the majority of accidents where young people are involved there has been the factor of drinking or drugs. This was not the case.

    As some have already said it does not matter that they had just left church. There are adults who leave church and go home pop a top.

    May the families know that thoughts and prayers continue to hold them up.

  • Ms.Manda Jun 29, 2011

    Good lord! I have never even driven over 100 in my life! I can't imagine going 120 and feeling like that was a safe speed for me or my passengers.

    Let's just continue to keep these families in our thoughts, they will never heal from this completely.

  • whateverrrr Jun 29, 2011

    Everyone needs to stop talking bad about the boys because yes, they made a bad decision and unfortunately they faced the ultimate consequence but that doesn't give anyone the right to bash them or their families. nobody knows what was going on inside the car at the time and nobody can assume anything. They were ALL great kids and I know this for a fact. I wish people would just leave it alone. These boys are GREATLY missed and always will be and I don't feel it's appropriate (and neither do the friends or families) to talk this way about people that have just died!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jun 29, 2011

    Its so disgusting for wral to consider this news. These families are going through a hard time.my all our prayers be with them
    drcurrin
    June 29, 2011 9:16 a.m.
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    Don't blame WRAL. Blame the kid. Good grief!!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jun 29, 2011

    Seriously WRAL, did you really think they were drinking at Church?
    chivegas
    GOLO member since July 4, 2007
    June 28, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    You must check anyhow. I knew kids that got high RIGHT AFTER leaving church. You must be high on something to drive 129 mph and risk your friends lives. He sure wasn't high on common sense.

  • drcurrin Jun 29, 2011

    Its so disgusting for wral to consider this news. These families are going through a hard time.my all our prayers be with them

  • allisonmills Jun 29, 2011

    i'm pretty sure no one suspected alcohol or drugs to be in their systems.

  • chivegas Jun 28, 2011

    Seriously WRAL, did you really think they were drinking at Church?

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 28, 2011

    Thankful that Brenden has been released from the hospital. Continued prayers and thoughts with he and his family and the families of his friends and cousin.

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