5 Teens Injured When Vehicle Overturns

Five teenagers were injured when their SUV overturned Tuesday night in the Cleveland community. The accident was reported around 8:30pm at the intersection of Matthews Road and Polenta Road.

A 2002 Ford driven by Ryan Baker, 16, of Angier failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection. The vehicle crossed the centerline, traveled off the roadway to the left. The vehicle then overcorrected, crossed the centerline and traveled off the roadway on the right where it overturned and ejected one passenger, according to Trooper C.E. Summerlin with the State Highway Patrol Public Information Office.

The passengers were identified as Alfredo Trinidad, 16, of Angier; Ronaldo Trinidad, 15, of Angier, Nicholas Barnes, 15, of Angier, and Jacob Thomas, 15, of Clayton.  Thomas sustained the most serious injuries, however Trooper Summerlin said all the injuries were not life threatening.

All the teens were taken to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh for treatment.

Baker was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, transporting a passenger under 16 not properly restrained in a seatbelt, failure to comply with a driver’s license restriction of not more than one passenger under the age of 21 that is not immediate family, and reckless driving. Photos by John Payne