Drunk Driving a Factor in North Carolina Car Accident that Killed 17-Year-old Raleigh Student

January 31, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

According to toxicology results, alcohol was involved in the deadly North Carolina motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of 17-year-old Elizabeth Molloy on January 7. The Medical Examiner’s Office says that she died from blunt-force trauma to the head, which she sustained when the Jeep she was riding drove off the road and into a tree. The vehicle was reportedly moving at 75 mph in a 30 mph zone when the deadly collision happened.

Per the report, Molloy’s boyfriend Garrett Prince who was driving the Jeep, had a BAC of .29%. Molloy’s BAC was .12%. In North Carolina, the legal driving limit is .08% before someone is considered impaired.

Prince, 16, has been charged with DWI, felony death by motor vehicle, having an open container of liquor, provisional DWI, speeding and possession of marijuana, and careless and reckless driving. Also facing criminal charges 18-year-old Hannah R. Smith, who hosted the underage drinking party, 21-year-old Anthony Du Juan Geter, who bought the alcohol for the teenagers, 17-year-old Samantha M. McKinney, and a 15-year-old.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is hazardous regardless of your age. At the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, LLP, we are especially passionate about impressing upon teenagers the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

Even though it’s illegal for them, alcohol use continues to be popular among minors. According to Students Against Destructive Decisions, by high school graduation, 72% of kids will have consumed alcohol. 37% will have done so by the eighth grade.

With motor vehicle crashes continuing to be the number one case of deaths for 15 to 20-year-olds, it is important that teenagers take drunk driving seriously and not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Alcohol by itself can slow reflexes, blur vision, impair judgment, and handicap a person’s abilities to make wise decisions. Couple that with a teenager who may be going through a rebellious phase, has an inflated sense of invincibility (that can come with being young,) or needs to look cool in front of his/her peers and the combination can prove deadly.

This is one of the reasons why our Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm offers the Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program. Not only do we want to help 15 high school seniors make their dream of a college education come true, but also we want to help spread the word among teens about why they shouldn’t drink and drive. The deadline to be considered for one of the $2,500 scholarship awards is February 27, 2012. Click on the link below to find out more.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina car accident lawyers represent victims and families that have lost loved ones in traffic crashes because of drunk drivers or other negligent motorists. Contact The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo LLP today.

Millbrook students legally drunk at time of fatal crash, Charlotte Observer, January 31, 2012

Teen driver charged with DWI in fatal Raleigh wreck, WRAL, January 7, 2012

Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program 

More Blog Posts:

Deadline for North Carolina and South Carolina High School Students to Enter the Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program is February 27, 2012, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, January 4, 2012

NTSB Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, December 16, 2011

North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeks Damages from Four Asheville Bars Over Fatal Car Crash, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, October 16, 2011


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