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Four Killed by Alleged Drag Racer in Johnston County, NC

Four people were killed during an illegal drag race in Middlesex, N.C. One other person has been left in critical condition, and two other people were listed in fair condition.

According to reports from law enforcement, a group of people had gathered to watch a pre-arranged race which was taking place on Simon Road. One of the two vehicles being driven in the race was a 1989 Ford Mustang. The Mustang was in the westbound lane of the road, and the second car was traveling in the eastbound lane. The driver of the Mustang, a 37-year-old Zebulon man, lost control of the car and plowed right into the group of spectators. The car then slammed into a tree and into a ditch.

The driver of the Mustang has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. More charges may be pending, as one of the victims died after the charges were filed against the driver. He is being held on $1 million bail. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene, however, he or she is being sought after by the police and charges may be filed against that driver, as well.

The crash investigation revealed that the Mustang was traveling at 100 mph when it crashed into the crowd. Days later, skid marks are still visible at the scene. Witnesses describe a chaotic scene after the crash, with some of the injured thrown 30 feet from where they were standing.

Although there have been criminal charges filed against the driver of the Mustang, families of the victims should consult with an experienced North Carolina wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse they may have.

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