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East Wake High student charged in fatal crash

Posted December 10, 2009 2:07 p.m. EST
Updated December 10, 2009 6:32 p.m. EST

— An East Wake High School student was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in a high-speed crash Monday that killed a classmate.

Austin Wade Marx, 17, of 204 Gail Ridge Lane in Wendell, surrendered to authorities Thursday afternoon. He was released into the custody of his parents and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday morning.

Marx was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Camaro on Puryear Road in Knightdale Monday when he lost control of the car, which went off the road and overturned, according to state Highway Patrol troopers.

Boyd Westover, 16, a passenger in the car, died Tuesday morning at WakeMed from injuries suffered in the wreck.

Marx was treated at WakeMed Monday and released. His arrest photo shows several scrapes on the right side of his face.

The two students were headed to lunch off campus at the time of the wreck, authorities said.

Witnesses reported the Camaro was traveling up to 90 mph. Investigators said evidence at the scene supported those reports.