The driver who caused a fatal head-on collision in the early morning of June 29 on Tryon Road had initially been traveling 71 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to a wreck report by Raleigh police crash investigators.
The report also estimated his speed at impact, which occured at 2 a.m., at 61 mph.
Christopher Scott Thompson, 20, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failing to maintain his lane after the crash left the driver of the other car, 25-year-old Brittany Ann Phelps, dead. He and his two passengers were hospitalized and released within a few days.
The report indicated Thompson hit Phelps as he came out of the 90-degree curve about a half-mile west of where Tryon Road intersects U.S. 70, just off the northwestern border of Garner. The left side of his 2013 Subaru sedan struck the left side of Phelps’ 2008 Suzuki head-on just as his vehicle began to head north out of the curve.
Phelps’ car was traveling at the speed limit at impact, according to the report.
The passing motorist who first called in the accident initially told first responders that everyone on the scene was breathing. During his time on the call, victims in one car woke up but one, presumably Phelps, stopped breathing.
“The one lady is not breathing,” he said in the call just before fire and EMS arrived. “The cop just walked away.”