Five teens were injured, one critically, when the driver of a car lost control on Thanksgiving Fire Department Road on Thursday afternoon and hit a utility pole.
State Highway Patrol investigators estimate that Fermin Rodriguez Jr., 16, was driving an Acura at 80 mph in a 55-mph zone when he entered a curve and lost control about a half mile south of N.C. 42. The car went into a field, rolled over once and then struck the utility pole at about 2:45 p.m., according to the Highway Patrol.
The force of the crash ejected one of the backseat passengers, 15-year-old Ana Gonzalez. She was taken to WakeMed, where she was listed in critical condition late Thursday.
Rodriguez and the remaining three passengers – Jovanny Vargas, 16, Sergio Garcia, 15, and Nora Garcia Zuniga, 16 – were taken to WakeMed with injuries considered not life threatening. All five teens are students at Corinth Holders High School, south of Wendell.
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Gonzalez and the two other teens in the backseat were not wearing their seat belts, according to the Highway Patrol.
Charges against Rodriguez are pending, the Highway Patrol said.