Suspected drunk driver charged, woman dies

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Updated: 12/07/2012 1:36 pm
UPDATE: Friday, 1:30 pm
A spokesman from UMC confirms that Meagan Rough has succumbed to her injuries from the wreck late Wednesday.

Often, we use the adjective "grinding" to describe particularly violent vehicle crashes.  The one Wednesday night on Glenna Goodacre Boulevard earns it.  Five cars were mangled, caused by a suspected drunk driver.  The forces of impact so severe a critically injured victim was ejected, despite being belted in.

Justine Gonzalez and Raeven Acosta live along Glenna Goodacre Boulevard and say "we were just sitting in our living room and all of a sudden it was just a huge screech I would say, loud, very loud.  And then a huge bang."

Police say 19 year-old Jason Chad White was driving with two passengers on Glenna Goodacre Boulevard just before midnight Wednesday when he crashed into the rear of a Ford Fusion with two passengers inside.  The Fusion spun into the median, but Captain Roy Bassett says it didn't stop there, "the pickup continued on down, took out another car, took out a couple of trees.  A total of five cars involved."

Spencer Kelly who also lives right in front of where the accident happened says "one of my roommates usually parks out in the street in front of the house.  His car had been pushed about 100 feet, 150 feet to the end of the block."

Police say white was driving at a high rate of speed.  They say the initial impact was so strong, the passenger in the Ford Fusion was thrown from the car, despite having her seat belt on.  Meagan Rough is listed in critical condition.  Friends tell us she goes by May and she turned 20 just five days ago.  Also injured, Kaitlyn Canaday who was driving the Fusion and Trace Tomlin and Joshua Taylor, passengers in White's truck.  Gonzalez and Acosta say a wreck like this was inevitable. "I'm not surprised at all these kids are like flying down here and not stopping for anything.  Like we hear the truck's engines roaring like every single night, racing, ambulances, sirens all the time.  So we're really not surprised that something was eventually going to happen."

Whitney Walls who also lives right in front of where the accident happened agreed saying "there's a lot of involvement on this street, so things are going to happen.  But I've never seen anything like this."

While Rough remains hospitalized, the other injured victims have been released.  Rough's Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters held a prayer vigil this evening while her injuries remain life threatening.
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rdsjw967 - 12/7/2012 9:50 AM
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What a terrible tragedy. Someone sold or gave this young man alcohol. this person should be found and covicted and sentenced to have to clean up the blood from every accident envolving a dui or dwi not only at the scene, but at the emergency rooms also.
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