Four of the seven people hurt in a head-on crash on Perry Creek Road on Monday evening, including three children, were not wearing seat restraints, according to a police report.
The accident took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. when a Honda minivan driven by David Eric Thomas of Knightdale drifted across the centerline near WRAL Soccer Park and hit two oncoming vehicles. Police determined that inattention and speed faster than what was safe for the wet road contributed to Thomas’s van crossing the line.
Thomas, 43, and his passenger, Emily Rachel Thomas, 35, were injured, as were all the occupants of the other vehicles.
Thomas clipped a Ford van and before hitting an Acura head-on. The driver of the Acura, Darryl Glenn High Jr., 29, of Louisburg, and three young passengers, 4-year-old Damonica High, 7-year-old Malachi High and 10-year-old Diamond Montelongo, were not wearing seat belts, according to a police accident report. All four were injured, Damonica and Malachi most seriously.
The driver of the Ford van, Brigido Peralta, 43, of Raleigh, was not seriously injured.
Police estimated that Thomas and High were each going about 45 mph when they collided.