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Tragic Anniversary Remembered at Wakefield High

Posted March 4, 2007 4:50 p.m. EST

— Sunday marks one year since a car crash killed four Wakefield High School students.

A vehicle driven by Baker Wood, 18, plunged off the U.S. Highway 64 bypass in the early morning hours of March 4, 2006. Raleigh police said the car was going more than 100 mph when the crash occurred.

A medical examiner's report showed Wood and the front-seat passenger, Steven George, had consumed alcohol before the accident. The other two teens who were killed -- Timothy Steinberg and Anthony Bostic -- did not have alcohol in their blood.

Wakefield school leaders told WRAL they have been very proactive in spreading the word about drinking and driving. A parent roundtable is scheduled for the week of March 12. On March 19, North Carolina’s First Lady, Mary Easley, will meet with students about making wise decisions in a variety of situations.

On March 28, a new program will begin to get parents, students and teachers talking together about the dangers of alcohol and about making wise choices. Another program at Wakefield High, Alive at 25, will also continue to educate students on the dangers of drunken driving.