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Man involved in drag-racing deaths charged with DWI

Posted May 18, 2009 5:29 p.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2009 5:44 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man who was involved in a drag race on Interstate 540 that killed four teenagers eight years ago was charged recently with driving while impaired.

Chris Petersen, 25, of 6008 Wintergreen Drive, was charged May 9 with DWI, according to public records.

Petersen pleaded guilty in June 2004 to four counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle and one count of excessive speed in connection with the May 30, 2001, wreck that killed Bryan Reaves, Jamie Brewer, Mike Smith and Matthew Yurcak.

Prosecutors said Petersen was racing with the teens at the time of their deaths. Defense attorneys maintained the teens weren't racing and Petersen wasn't responsible for their deaths.

As part of his probation, Peterson was ordered not to drive for three years. He later served 90 days in jail for violating his probation by driving.

He also has outstanding charges for driving with revoked license in 2008 and 2009 and failure to report an accident.