Four children and three adults were hurt and three were taken to a hospital Wednesday night after a head-on crash on Southall Road in which one driver told police he had taken a prescription anti-anxiety drug and ingested three beers.
The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. between Amberfield Way and Easthampton Drive. A 2007 Ford pickup truck in which five children were riding collided with a 2000 Jeep. Police estimated the Jeep was going about 50 mph and the pickup about 30 mph.
Police cited the Jeep driver, 18-year-old Bryce David Burns of 3600 Willow Bluff Drive, for driving while impaired, failure to maintain his lane and failure to reduce speed.
According to an accident report, Burns “stated that he had taken Xanax and drunk three beers” some time before the crash.
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A witness told police that the Jeep, which was going south, went in and out of its lane about 10 times before the collision.
A second witness told police that it looked like the northbound Ford was starting into the southbound lane before the vehicles smashed. They wound up in the northbound lane, according to the report.
Burns was alone in the Jeep. There were five children and an 18-year-old man in the pickup along with the driver, 30-year-old Marlen Uriostegui. All seven people live in a mobile home at 5701 Foxhall Village Road in Raleigh, the report said.
Emergency Medical Services took Burns, Uriostegui and a 12-year-old to WakeMed Raleigh hospital for treatment. None were believed to have life-threatening injuries, police said.
An 11-year-old riding in the pickup was the only person who did not seem to be hurt at all, police said.
Police cited Uriostegui for driving a vehicle with expired registration and inspection and for not having four of the children properly restrained. In addition to the 12-year-old who went to the hospital and the unhurt 11-year-old, the children were 4, 5 and 7 years old.