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.
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.