Driver charged in fatal Cary car crash

February 23, 2012 9:00:00 PM PST
The driver of the vehicle involved in a double fatal collision on Southwest Cary Parkway Feb.12 will face speeding charges following an investigation by Cary police.

Twenty-two-year-old Meghan Sladek has been charged with Class 2 misdemeanor speeding, which is punishable by up to 45 days in jail.

A police investigation found that Sladek was traveling on Cary Parkway at speeds up to 67 miles per hour, which is 22 miles over the posted speed limit, at the time of the crash that claimed the lives of 22-year-old Martikia Adams and 26-year-old Brian Cobb.

"Based on our investigation, if Miss Sladek had been traveling according to the speed limit, this collision likely would have never happened," said Cary Deputy Police Chief Barry Nickalson. "We hope this tragedy helps drivers understand the importance of following posted speed signs. Speeding continues to be a challenge throughout Cary, and drivers can expect to see additional enforcement, especially on Cary Parkway."

A car driven by Adams was attempting to turn left onto SW Cary Parkway from West Chatham Street when it was struck by Sladek's car. Adams and Cobb were transported to WakeMed Raleigh where they were later pronounced dead.

Original estimates by police in the crash report indicated Sladek was only going 52 miles per hour at the time of the accident - they revised that number after further investigation.

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