::14 Year Old Flips Car After Shootout
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff & Wire Reports
Monday, April 30, 2007
DURHAM - Durham police say they are investigating a shooting by the passengers of an SUV into one car which wounded one man and also a related traffic accident where a 14 year old teenager flipped over another car on Sunday night on East Geer Street in Durham.
Durham Police say they were first called to a single vehicle traffic accident on East Geer Street near Watson Road shortly before 8pm Sunday night in Durham. When officers arrived, they said that they found a white Ford Crown Victoria that had wrecked and flipped onto its left side. Two young men were trapped in the vehicle, say police.
Investigators said the driver, a 14 year old child, was traveling west on Geer Street at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car and ran off the right side of the road.
Police say that the teenage driver then over-corrected and then crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road, where his car hit a ditch and a concrete column before flipping over at least two times.
Durham firefighters were able to rescue the driver and his 16 year old male passenger from the vehicle. Both were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, say police.
Neither the name of the driver or the passenger were released and Durham Police did not say how they obtained the vehicle, since 14 year old drivers are not licensed in the state of North Carolina.
In a related shooting injury, Durham Police Officers also say they were called to the Duke Hospital emergency room at 8:10pm Sunday after a shooting victim was brought to the hospital. The victim, another 16 year old male, had been shot once in the chest. Police said he was in stable condition on Monday.
Police say that the shooting victim was in a white Chevrolet Caprice and the Chevrolet was following the Ford Crown Victoria that was being driven by the 14 year old driver on Geer Street until it wrecked. Durham Police say that the occupants of the two cars knew each other.
According to police, the passengers of the Chevrolet told investigators that they were driving on Geer Street when a silver or champagne-colored SUV drove up to them and the occupants of the SUV fired several shots, but had left the scene before officers arrived at the scene of the Crown Vic accident.
No charges have been filed in the accident or shooting at this time, but both remain under investigation, say police.
Police are asking that anyone with information about this case to call either the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 919-560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. ::