Cary Police Seek Car Involved in Drag-Race Crash
Posted February 12, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
CARY — Cary police are looking for a motorist who left a drag-race crash site on Friday night. A race said to have hit speeds of 90 mph in a 35 mph zone ended by sending two Cary teenagers to the hospital, and knocking out power to surrounding homes and businesses for more than nine hours on a very cold night.
Eric Smith, a spokesman for the Cary Police Department, said Jonathan Partin, 18, and a 16-year-old passenger, Lisa Weaver, were racing another car when the vehicle the teens were riding in swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming car. The driver then lost control and ended up crashing into a utility pole.
Five lanes of traffic on the heavily traveled Kildaire Farm Road were blocked by pole, which was snapped in two, and its broken power lines. CP&L crews restored power at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.
Both teens were taken to Wake Medical Center. Partin is in serious condition; Weaver was listed as in guarded condition, but her father toldThe News & Observerthat she is expected to make a full recovery.
"They are very lucky to be alive. With the high speed that was involved in the crash, they're very lucky," Smith said.
Partin has been charged with willful racing, careless and reckless driving, driving 90 mph in a 35 mph zone and a seat-belt violation. He and the other motorist were both driving Mustangs.
Police describe the other vehicle as a late model white Ford Mustang. Anyone who was in the area of Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway Friday around 11 p.m., or has any information about the accident should contact the Cary Police Department at(919) 319-4521.