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Teen driver charged in Raleigh wreck that injured nine

Posted December 6, 2013

— A 16-year-old has been charged in a Thursday night crash in north Raleigh that injured him and eight others, authorities said Friday.

According to the State Highway Patrol, an Acura sedan carrying five Leesville Road High School students crossed the center line of Norwood Road and crashed head-on into a Toyota Highlander SUV carrying two couples.

Sebastian Scott was charged with careless and reckless driving and having passengers under age 16 not properly restrained.

Troopers said the teens were on their way to get something to eat after a Bible study class when Scott ran off the right side of Norwood Road and over-corrected. Speed was a factor in the wreck, troopers said, and the road was wet.

Three girls, ages 14 and 15, were thrown from the Acura and landed in a yard across the street, troopers said. None was wearing a seat belt.

No one's injuries were considered life-threatening, authorities said, but the conditions of the three girls were unknown Friday.

Sebastian Scott and his front-seat passenger, who were wearing seat belts, were treated for injuries Thursday night and released.

"We’re just so thankful that all those kids were able to walk away from that last night," said Jessie Scott, Sebastian Scott's father. "I feel like it was a miracle that they survived it, and I feel very blessed this morning."

Sebastian Scott, driver in Norwod Road collision Father 'blessed' that son survived Raleigh crash

Jessie Scott said a former neighbor who now lives near the crash scene called him late Thursday to inform him of the wreck, and he then rushed over to Norwood Road.

"Honestly, I thought, wow, my oldest son is gone," he said. "As soon as I got out, I saw the car, and I immediately saw him at the same time. So, I knew he was alive."

Usha Raghavan, who was in the Highlander with her husband, Ravichander Raghavan, and his sister and brother-in-law, said all four were recuperating at home Friday.

Her sister-in-law and brother-in-law were scheduled to return to India on Friday, she said, and were forced to delay their flight home.


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  • LocalYokel Dec 9, 2013

    Why is there no felony charge for this crime? Punishment for wrecks like this should follow the guilty for the rest of their lives.

  • lcookiemongster Dec 6, 2013

    glad everyone is ok but also people need to STOP SPEEDING today my boy friend an i almost got side swapped by a lady in a green jeep on her cell phone an speeding an a few days ago someone almost hit us head on on capital near the circus restruant place an yes i agree you should be 18 to drive not 16

  • maewyn2 Dec 6, 2013

    I would make that 25, that's when the human brain develops the ability to access risk and consequences.

  • NotAgain Dec 6, 2013

    Should be 18 to drive a car