The vehicle involved in the accident was a 1999 Jeep. According to WRAL.com, the driver was reportedly speeding at 75 mph in a 30 mph zone when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.The smell of alcohol and marijuana was present in the vehicle, as were open bottles of wine.
The driver of the Jeep faces charges including driving while intoxicated (DWI(, felony death by motor vehicle and reckless driving. The suspect arrested for purchasing alcohol for the minors may be held criminally liable for the death of the innocent 17-year-old passenger.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the passenger. Losing someone you love is never easy, but it is especially heart breaking when the victim is young and had their whole life ahead of them.