RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – People in a Raleigh neighborhood are raising concerns about the dangers of a stretch of road where a teenager died.
Highway Patrol said Edward Tyler Eason, 16, was killed when his vehicle crossed the center line and plowed head-on into another vehicle on Forestville Road in Raleigh Wednesday morning.
Authorities said Eason was killed in the crash and the driver of the utility vehicle, Michael Worner, of Windsor, was injured and taken to WakeMed.
Troopers on scene said Worner suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The Highway Patrol said Eason crossed the center line while traveling at 55 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. No charges will be filed.
Steve Pair, who lives near where the crash happened, has lived in Raleigh for 62 years and has seen Forrestville Road turn from a road that’s seldom used into a road that sees a lot of traffic.
“It wasn’t designed to handle this much traffic,” said Pair. “I’ve seen six wrecks just in the last month on this road.”
State Troopers say they’ve investigated 47 crashes this year on Forestville Road, there were 14 injuries in those crashes.
Eason’s family say they would like to see the speed limit lowered or see more troopers patrol the area for drivers who are speeding.
“I’ve lived here for over 45 years and I’ve watched this community grow and people fly in those curves, they go 55 and more in those curves,” said Eason’s Aunt Ginger Lewis.
Students at Knightdale High School also gathered Thursday morning to remember Eason. Students gathered before class at 7:45 a.m. at the school’s baseball field for a vigil.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with Eason’s funeral costs.