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North Carolina teenager faces charges in fatal accident

A 16-year-old high school student will face a number of serious charges after being involved in a North Carolina car wreck that left his 17-year-old female passenger dead. Police claim the fatal accident occurred as the teenager was driving a Jeep at a rate of around 75 miles per hour, 45 miles per hour over the speed limit. The driver was unable to control his vehicle at such speeds and veered off the road before crashing into a tree. Police say neither of the teenagers were wearing seatbelts, causing the driver to be thrown from the car upon impact.

Immediately after the accident, the driver was transported to a nearby medical facility to receive treatment for his injuries. The passenger had died by the time emergency response personnel arrived at the crash site.

Acquaintances of the suspect and victim informed police that the two were leaving a party when the accident occurred. One student alleged that the driver had been drinking significant amounts of alcohol and had smoked marijuana prior to the accident, but added that his passenger was not aware of how impaired he was.

After the accident, police say they smelled alcohol near the Jeep, discovering wine and marijuana inside. The driver has been charged with provisional DWI, reckless driving, speeding, having an open container of alcohol in his car, possession of marijuana and felony death by motor vehicle. His bond was originally set at $26,000, but a judge later increased this figure to $50,000 after discovering that the suspect had a previous conviction for breaking and entering, as well as larceny.

Source: WRAL.com, "More charges possible in Raleigh teen's fatal crash," Amanda Lamb, Jan. 10, 2012

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