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Troopers: No evidence yet of racing before fatal crash

Posted December 12, 2009 9:55 a.m. EST

— State troopers said Friday that they have not yet found any evidence to support reports that two cars were racing before a wreck Monday that killed an East Wake High School student.

Austin Wade Marx, 17, lost control of a 1996 Chevrolet Camaro on Puryear Road in Knightdale, before it ran off the road and overturned, troopers said. His passenger, Gavin Boyd Westover, 16, died Tuesday morning. Marx was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Troopers said they have received reports that Marx was racing with a blue Mustang that was behind his Camaro when the wreck happened.

Troopers obtained permission to search the Mustang driver's cell phone. They said they found pictures and video of the wreck, but none of those gave evidence of racing before the wreck.

Investigators said that evidence at the scene does support witness reports that the Camaro was traveling up to 90 mph. Marx and Boyd were going to lunch off campus at the time of the wreck, authorities said.