Families deny teens in fatal crash were drinking

July 8, 2011 8:49:01 AM PDT
The families of two teen girls hurt when a wrong-way driver plowed into their car Tuesday morning issued a statement Thursday that contradicts information from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

In the statement issued through WakeMed public relations, the families of 17-year-olds Paige Toelke, of Nashville, and Leigh Bulluck, of Rocky Mount, said they had not been drinking.

"We would like to clearly state that neither Paige nor Leigh An had alcohol in their systems at the time of the accident, as proven by the negative (0.0) blood alcohol tests administered when they arrived at the WakeMed Trauma Center. We would greatly appreciate your help clearing up this confusion," said the statement.

The Highway Patrol said Toelke was driving when the girl's car was hit head-on along U.S. 64 in Nash County east of Spring Hope around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The driver of the other car, 34-year-old Germain Alexander Granados Gomez of 4242 Allison Circle, Fairfax, Virginia was killed.

Investigators said Gomez was driving west in the eastbound lanes when he hit the teen's car. Seventeen-year-old Brianna McLaughlin, of Rocky Mount, was in the backseat of the teen's car and was also killed.

After the accident, Highway Patrol investigators said they suspected the drivers of both cars had been drinking and were waiting to consult with the district attorney before deciding if any charges were to be filed.

Gomez' family told ABC11 Thursday that he was convicted of DWI last September in Virginia. A judge ordered him to take alcohol and drug classes, and also made him put an Interlock device on his Toyota 4-Runner. Gomez was driving a different vehicle when the crash happened

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