Driver in teen crash goes to prison
Posted in the Marion Forum
#1 Aug 4, 2013
In connection with the November wreck, Taylor Lewis Townsend, 20, of Moffitt Hill, Old Fort, pleaded guilty to two counts of level one driving while impaired causing serious physical injury.
For the first count, he will serve 16 to 29-months in prison. He must pay court costs and a $500 fine.
For the second count, he will serve 16 to 29-monts in prison, consecutive to the first judgment. He must pay court costs and a fine of $500.
At 3:06 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, Townsend was driving a 2008 Honda Civic east on Nix Creek Road at a high rate of speed, when he ran off the right side of the pavement, came back onto the road, skidded off the left side and struck a road sign and a tree, according to Trooper R.W. Monosso of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
A witness at the scene of the crash said the car went airborne as it crossed the railroad tracks in front of GEM Constructors and before it slammed into the tree.
Townsend and his five passengers were taken to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, four of them by helicopter.
Townsend was treated and released, but all of his passengers 19-year-old Aaron Edwards, of Searcy Road in Marion; 19-year-old Brandon Stackable, of Haywood Drive in Marion; 18-year-old Jeffrey Morrow, of Quail Ridge Road in Marion; 16-year-old Amber Benge, of U.S. 221 in Marion; and 18-year-old Anthony Tyler Poole, of Lucky Street in Marion were seriously injured.
#2 Aug 4, 2013
I can see this kid getting prison time for causing injury to so many kids. What I do not see is how the Cross kid got a slap on the wrist for killing someone?? Who in the hell determines the value of people in this county? This DA office is a joke.
#3 Aug 4, 2013
It's all about mommie and daddie and who they are! That cross boy still has his drivers license!
#4 Aug 5, 2013
But did anything happen to the person who supplied the alcohol?
#5 Aug 5, 2013
Of course not!
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