Police will cite the teenaged driver of a sport-utility vehicle that turned in front of a dump truck on N.C. 55 earlier this week, causing an accident that injured him and two other Panther Creek High School students.
Cary police released their report on the accident Friday afternoon. The accident took place Tuesday morning just before 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of N.C. 55 and McCrimmon Parkway.
The driver of the dump truck, Jerry Middleton of Creedmoor, told police that as he approached McCrimmon Parkway heading south on N.C. 55 he saw three vehicles waiting to make a left turn onto the parkway in front of him, according to the police report.
Middleton said he thought the first vehicle “had cut it close” when it turned in front of him, and that the second vehicle “cut it way too close” when it turned, too. He began to brake but could not stop when the third vehicle, a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Spencer Saunders of Morrisville, also turned left and was hit on the passenger side by the truck.
Police concluded that Saunders’ “failure to yield” to the oncoming truck was “the sole contributing factor in this crash.”
Saunders, 16, and two passengers in the Blazer, Ryan Yost, 16, and Laura Yost, 15, were injured. Laura Yost was listed in critical condition at Duke University Medical Center the day of the crash.
The teens all play on Panther Creek soccer teams and were headed to school when the accident took place. On Wednesday morning, hundreds of Panther Creek students gathered on the soccer field and in front of the school to hold prayer vigils for Laura Yost.