Two Clayton teenagers were seriously injured after their passenger car was struck by a Hummer SUV. The violent collision occurred at 1:46pm Saturday on Highway 70 Business at Olive Road about 2.5 miles east of Clayton.
According to the State Highway Patrol, a 16 year-old driver had pulled her 2007 Honda passenger car from Olive Road and stopped facing north in the roadway at the median crossover. A 2004 Hummer traveling eastbound at 55 miles per hour, driven by 20 year-old Edwin Joseph Rodriguez-Garcia of Middlesex, struck the stopped vehicle in the driver’s side.
As a result of the collision, the teen driver and her 15 year-old female passenger were pinned in the wreckage. It took firefighters over 30 minutes to free both victims from the Honda before they were rushed to Wake Medical Center. Both teens sustained serious injuries. Rodriguez-Garcia and a 16 year-old passenger in the Hummer were not injured.
Trooper M.A. Samoksy charged Rodriguez-Garcia with driving without insurance, failure to register a motor vehicle and fictitious registration. According to a collision report, a non-involved vehicle occupied the median at the time of the crash.