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Three students injured in crash near Cary's Panther Creek

Posted September 23, 2013

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— Three Panther Creek High School students were injured Monday in a three-car wreck near the school, authorities said.

Taylor Lee, 18, was driving a Honda Civic south on N.C. Highway 55 with two classmates – Dahlia Douglas and Myles Davis, both 18 – during their lunch break. When Lee tried to turn left on McCrimmon Parkway, the Civic collided with a northbound Honda Pilot.

The impact caused both cars to hit a Nissan Armada, which was stopped at a red light on McCrimmon Parkway. 

The driver and passenger in the Armada and the driver of the Pilot were not hurt.

Lee, Douglas and Davis were taken to Duke Hospital. 

Authorities said Lee and Davis' injuries are not life-threatening.

Panther Creek senior Leonard Mann Panther Creek students hurt in lunchtime wreck

Douglas' condition was not released, but police said she was sitting in the front passenger seat, which was closest to the point of impact.

Panther Creek senior Leonard Mann said news of the wreck spread quickly at the school

"It was shocking seeing something like that happening that close to your school," he said. "It's really sad, someone that close to you being hurt like that."

The crash is under investigation. No charges have been filed.


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  • pulstar40 Oct 2, 2013

    The lunch room at Panther Creek will NOT accommodate the entire school. It's really small. Lucky if you can fit the freshman and the sophomores in it.

  • Deb1003 Sep 27, 2013

    These kids should not be allowed to leave the school at lunch time.
    Obamacare for everyone

    Unfortunately Obamacare, schools are now being built w/ smaller lunchrooms, to handle 2 grade levels, not 4, the expectation is for juniors and seniors to leave school for lunch...that way the school won't need to seat all 4 grade levels.

  • GravyPig Sep 26, 2013

    "That is a dangerous turn, one of my daughter's friends got into an accident at that same intersection."

    Having seen this intersection from Google maps/street view, and driving through it once I have to disagree

    This is a standard "T" intersection with traffic lights. The Northbound 55 light has a protected left turn signal. With the intersection in it's current state you cannot make it any safer. If people are having accidents it is because of human error.

    Driving too fast, trying to beat the light, not paying attention, all of these things (driving like a teenager) will cause an accident at that intersection. So the reality is that the intersection is safe, it's the bad drivers that make it unsafe.

  • mewubbau Sep 25, 2013

    That is a dangerous turn, one of my daughter's friends got into an accident at that same intersection. That being said, they give the kids very limited time for lunch which for inexperienced drivers is not smart. But for those saying they shouldn't be allowed off campus for lunch: 1) As far back as I can remember kids have been let off campus, get over it 2) there are a lot more kids at high schools now and they simply don't have the room to accomodate ALL of them at lunch time. I agree kids need to be more careful driving and our drivers ed. classes need to be so much more, but it's the way it is and someone somewhere determined the rules for obtaining a license. My daughter is almost 17 and quite timid, she DOES NOT have her license b/c I want her to be safe (and others to be safe) and that means getting her to a point where she is confident and mature enough to drive. Some parents don't see it that way.

  • jdo823 Sep 25, 2013

    Making left turn (or right turn) MUST YIELD to the oncoming traffic!
    I have seen too many illegal left/right turn on Cary Parkway and Davis Dr, and 55.

  • kikinc Sep 24, 2013

    paulej-Being an adult at 18 and having matured are two separate things. I've always thought it was silly to leave campus for lunch, and this includes when I was a senior in HS as well. I don't know how long lunch periods are here, but in NY, we had 40 minutes, and things were a lot closer together up there, and we still didn't have time to make it off campus and back. Those that did drove like a bat out of heck. There's no point to leaving campus.

  • Good Bye WRAL Sep 24, 2013

    I think this report reverses the direction of travel for the 1st two cars. Not that it matters. I hope Dahlia Douglas' injuries are not too serious.

  • Alexia.1 Sep 24, 2013

    "People who work in offices are grown up and have matured" --btneast

    Indeed, and this driver was 18. Shall we move the age of "adult" from 18 to 25?

    It's perfectly fine if kids go off campus to have lunch and only an person with a "holier than thou" attitude would say otherwise. Or somebody from C.A.R.Y., perhaps.

  • btneast Sep 24, 2013

    Why? Should we say the same for people who go to offices?

    People who work in offices are grown up and have matured (most have) so that they have a more defined sense of responsibility beyond their immediate desires. Teens (most) have not gotten that far developmentally....they are still learning.

  • Alexia.1 Sep 24, 2013

    "Kids shouldn't be allowed off-campus until after school is over for the day. Period." --3TeensGrowinUp2Fast

    Why? Should we say the same for people who go to offices?