Lenoir teen charged in connection wit...

Lenoir teen charged in connection with racing death

There are 60 comments on the WCNC story from Mar 6, 2006, titled Lenoir teen charged in connection with racing death. In it, WCNC reports that:

A Lenior teen was charged Monday in the death of another teen who died in a wreck that occurred while the two raced, authorities said.

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Stephen Dean

United States

#41 Sep 18, 2006
I know first hand about this situation. Both Adam and Chase Ritchie were my best friends. I know to Brian has been charched with Drugs, and careless driving. I have confronted and discussed this with Mr.Overton. He shows no regret. No remorse. He is just a young boy trying to make a horrible decision he made go away. Lets not forget Adam Lackey.
jane catherine

Hickory, NC

#42 Feb 1, 2007
Trial Lawyer wrote:
I too know Brian.For awhile now Brians mom & dad have gotten their son out of trouble.Brian has been charged with simple possesion of drugs to numerous speeding tickets. While Adam Lackey lay dying on Thursday morning,Brian was telling people that they have dragged raced forever and there is nothing the police can do about it.On Saturday while Adams parents were planning his funeral,Brain was telling people that he needs to get his car fixed and re-painted to red.Brian has really showed remorse,hasnt he???? Brian will now learn a hard lesson in life,you play -you pay.I do feel so sorry this accident ever happened,but now the only person,who must pay is Brian,Adam paid a higher price for his part.
i completely agree. im adam's sister jane catherine and i (almost a year later) am still ivid at brian. He never once came to the family to apoligize or express sympathy. even chase richie did that and we cant really blame him for anything. i find brian completely ignorant and imature.and honestly he needs to grow up, and realize that he cant do this forever. HE still races. yes, adam was just as guilty as brian but my god he would have at least appoligize this hasnt even dazed brian.
Jane Catherine

Lenoir, NC

#43 Feb 3, 2007
Hang in there! Adam is not forgotten nor will he ever be forgotten by me or my family.
joey

Virginia Beach, VA

#44 Feb 9, 2007
I think the city should open up a drag strip somewhere were all the street racers, fans, watchers, etc. could go watch, race, and be safe. Like a public city drag strip. Of course with security gaurds. Or at least designate a street to be closed down with police enforcement invovled for the racers to race. Just a thought. My prayers goes out to the lost son and to Brian.
"we have raced before and we will continue to race,theres nothing to stop us" <---a reason to have a designated safe place for the teens, racers, fans, watchers.)
Eatmorechicn

Charlotte, NC

#45 Feb 10, 2007
I think people should use common sense when driving. Adam actually knew better. His parents taught him to wear a seat belt and drive rationally. He just made a terrible mistake. As for Brian I don't know what to think. I think he must have horrid issues that need to be resolved in his life. I truly feel sorry for his family as I believe they are very good people. But no, the answer as to why young people think they are invincible is not to open a drag strip in town.
Aware Citizen

United States

#46 Feb 27, 2007
Eatmorechicn wrote:
I think people should use common sense when driving. Adam actually knew better. His parents taught him to wear a seat belt and drive rationally. He just made a terrible mistake. As for Brian I don't know what to think. I think he must have horrid issues that need to be resolved in his life. I truly feel sorry for his family as I believe they are very good people. But no, the answer as to why young people think they are invincible is not to open a drag strip in town.
Your joking I hope? I personally know many people who make the wrong decision to race. I even used to until this very event made me realize what a mistake I was really making on a constant basis. You can talk to ANYONE who street races and ask them why they do it. You know what the answer is? "Because we don't have a track to race at locally." The closest places to Lenoir are an hour or more away. You can't fault them for being interested in cars and racing. Street racing however you can fault them for. The racing can be prevented if a safe enviroment to do so is availible. When you have no where to go, you race on the streets its that simple. Most people who race wouldn't bother if they had a local drag strip where they could go on a "test and tune" night to get it out of their systems. Drag strips provide a "more safe" environment where paramedics and emergency personnel are immediately availible in case of an accident. This very incident wouldn't have even resulted as an accident on a track. They crashed doing 80+ on a rather sharp turn. I won't include the rest of the details for how the actual race went, but the point is, with a safer race environment, less accidents will occur even on a track and the ones that still do will have lower fatality rates due to IMMEDIATE medical attention. Perhaps you aren't aware that there are 600+ horsepower tuned machines these kids race with without the proper safety equipment in them? Tracks require this. If the kids are going to race, then at least they should have a safer opportunity to do so. While we are on the topic of racing, don't just blame the so called "kids". Plenty of adults make this reckless decision as well. Go to hickory on highway 70 on any given friday or saturday night and I believe it would surprise you at the number of middle aged men driving muscle cars looking to race.
Quartermaster

Charlotte, NC

#47 Feb 28, 2007
Joking? We do have places to drag race if you are an adult. We are talking about teenagers that have grown up on videogames that show blood and gore and hence they are desensitized to it. You are talking about children that have grown up watching the "Fast and Furious" movies and think they can duplicate moves in the movie. You are talking about putting children in a situation with legalized racing where they are supposed to make logical decisions concerning what a car is going to do at 100 mph. Most clearly do not have the experience nor the ability to make a rational judgement in a car in that situation. There is a very good reason it is illegal for anyone to street race, particularly teenagers. Give me a break!!
Eatmorechicken

Charlotte, NC

#48 Feb 28, 2007
What are you 12.
Eatmorechicken

Charlotte, NC

#49 Feb 28, 2007
I'm talking about Mr. Aware Citizen not quartermaster.;
Aware Citizen

Charlotte, NC

#50 Mar 1, 2007
Well considering I knew adam, im going to have to say your "Fast and Furious" comparison definately didn't apply to him. He hated those movies with a passion and if he ever watched them, it was to make fun of them. As far as the video games go, I really hope you don't honestly think that actually happens. Video games are what you make of them and don't "desensitize" children unless they are truely unable to distinguish between real life and fantasy. Perhaps you also missed the part where I explained how teenagers beg for drag strips to race at? It's not cost effective to haul their machines to mooresville or wilkesboro so they street race. As far as an "adult" environment at the track, last time I checked its either 14 or 15+ with a parents signature and I know any responsible parent would rather their child be there than racing on the streets. On top of that, im also talking about putting kids in a situation where most of them wont go over 60-70 miles per hour considering they are 1/8th mile tracks. These speeds are achieved by almost any driver close to everyday. As for the other guy who made the "12 year old comment," im 21, no wrecks, no tickets. I believe I understand what you go through when you just learn to drive.
Quartermaster wrote:
Joking? We do have places to drag race if you are an adult. We are talking about teenagers that have grown up on videogames that show blood and gore and hence they are desensitized to it. You are talking about children that have grown up watching the "Fast and Furious" movies and think they can duplicate moves in the movie. You are talking about putting children in a situation with legalized racing where they are supposed to make logical decisions concerning what a car is going to do at 100 mph. Most clearly do not have the experience nor the ability to make a rational judgement in a car in that situation. There is a very good reason it is illegal for anyone to street race, particularly teenagers. Give me a break!!

“Hello to All”

Since: Dec 06

Caldwell County

#51 Mar 4, 2007
As a parent I can not imagine loosing a child.One thing that I have decided is that while providing a vehicle for my child to drive is that it will be incapiable of high speeds in a short distance.
Quartermaster

Charlotte, NC

#52 Mar 5, 2007
Well considering I also knew Adam and know of the pain his accident has caused his family and friends I would never encourage racing involving teenagers. Teenagers simply do not have the experience needed or the judgement needed for racing. (As a teen, I certainly didn't nor did my friends although a lot of them raced as well.)Controlled enviroment or not, it should not be encouraged. Any activity that puts themselves or others in mortal danger should not be tolerated. I think most people that have had a great deal of experience and have seen the price paid by teenagers and then their families because of judgement errors in an automobile would agree. I certainly understand that adults are well capable of judgement errors, but not at the same rate as teenagers. I am personally aware of a dozen teens killed in their high school years or shortly thereafter that I knew over the years that have died in auto accidents, but only a few adults. It is just an opinion, but I doubt you would have many adults agree with your strategy of controlled racing. If you do have a dozen signatures of adults I think I or any other person that has had the experiences that I have had over the years would be able to get many more. I do not mean to judge you, you seem like a fine young man, it is just that I have seen this happen year after year, and it will continue to happen year after year. I just don't think restricting it and encouraging it is the answer. We have simply lost too many of our youth on the highway making foolish decisions that affect themselves as well as many others.
Aware Citizen

Charlotte, NC

#53 Mar 9, 2007
I see exactly where your coming from, but the track idea of a controlled environment would just be there for those that have to race. Teenagers will be teenagers. They listen to their parents, but also do what they want to and in situations like that, their parents will not stop them. I believe that a track will hold some of that away and at least reduce it by a small amount. If they are going to race behind their parents backs, at least we can provide a safer environment and possibly save a few lives. It really doesn't have alot to do with parents raising their children wrong, especially in adams case. A child couldn't have asked for more loving or supportive parents. Parents can only preach so much, thats why at least the track would give them a safer place to go if they are going to insist on defying their parents wishes. No parent wants their kid to race, but honestly, the only way to prevent it if thats their type of personality is just to not give them a car. Thats not practical either because when they get older, they will do the same thing with no experience as well. Providing a safer place to go to race is not the solution to the problem, but it sure does help it some. This is a problem that there is no solution to. The only way to cure this problem is for auto makers to make some sort of child learner vehicle that will not allow for 100% throttle and only a top speed of so much. That probably won't ever happen and getting a vehicle like that to every teenager is even less likely. So you may as well use whatever band-aid you can to at least reduce the problem by some amount. Knowing adam, he would have been at that track every weekend and probably not even bothered racing on the street.
Darius Suddreth

Lyman, SC

#54 Mar 15, 2007
I knew adam well and he was a great friend. He is gone now and i miss him dearly. If he was here right now i would tell him how much i miss his ignorant sense of humor,hysterical comments, and mischievous ideas. he truly was the all around kid. Adam i miss and love ya bud. Your family is always in my prayers. Adam, we're going to meet again.soon.....
CALEB BEATY

Alachua, FL

#55 Apr 24, 2009
First you have to get the facts strait. My best friend in the world DIED that day. Do i think that racing is OK, "NO" but do i think u should clip someone in the rear while u r goin 90 miles and hour????? Just because Brian was scared of losing he tapped adams bumper.. it does take 2 to race but it does take one "IDIOT" to make the situation worse.
cowabungadood wrote:
It saddens me that someone lost his life like this, but the only thing that it would have taken to prevent this incident is good judgement. We all have choices to make in life, it is all about personal responsibility and accountability. If I make the choice to put my foot on the gas and race with someone, then I am smart enough to know that the end result could very well be either my own death or the death of the person I am racing with. Either of these boys could have used that type of judgement and none of this would have happened. It takes TWO to race.
Pam

Las Vegas, NV

#56 Apr 28, 2009
And all Brian got was parole? And just misdemeaner charges? Way too easy!!!
regnurse

Black Mountain, NC

#57 May 6, 2009
Brian got only probation because David and Mavis requested that he not serve time. Mr. Lackey stated " in no way do we wish to ruin this young man's life". The Lackey's are honorable people.
Pam

Las Vegas, NV

#58 May 6, 2009
That is really nice of them. His life is already ruined from the accident.
wondering

Morganton, NC

#59 Feb 21, 2010
whata ever happened in this case? did brian overton really only get probation? is he still racing?
cowabungadood

Black Mountain, NC

#60 Apr 6, 2011
I am sorry that I offended with what I first posted. My intent was not to point fingers and blame, but to state that all of us need to stop and think about what we do before we do it.

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