Several charged in classmate's death face judge

Elizabeth Molloy (Image courtesy family)

March 14, 2012 9:48:06 AM PDT
Those arrested in connection with the drunk driving crash that killed a Raleigh high school student faced a judge Wednesday.

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Molloy died on Jan. 7, after a SUV she was riding went out of control in the 6700-block of Rainwater Road in north Raleigh, then crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

A medical examiner's report revealed Molloy was legally drunk at the time of her death. Search warrants later showed police found a shot glass and a plastic bag that smelled like marijuana inside the SUV.

On Wednesday morning, 21-year-old Anthony Du Juan Geter, 17-year-old Samantha M. McKinney and 18-year-old Hannah R. Smith, appeared in court for their involvement in the fatal accident.

State ALE officers charged Geter with allegedly providing alcohol to Molloy and three other minors.

According to arrest warrants obtained by ABC11, Geter helped them buy two 1.75-liter containers of Bacardi Dragon Berry from the Sandy Forks ABC store Jan. 7. One of those minors was McKinney.

She has been charged with one count of underage purchase of spirituous liquor for allegedly helping to buy the alcohol.

Smith was charged with two counts of aid and abet after she allegedly hosted an underage party Malloy and the driver of the SUV -- 16-year-old Garrett Prince attended. Her parents are not facing any charges.

Prince was ejected from the Jeep, but survived the wreck. Medical examiner's records showed Prince had a blood-alcohol level of .29 after the accident. North Carolina law considers a driver legally drunk at .08.

According to a crash report, Prince was going at least 75 miles per hour in a 30 mph residential zone when he lost control. He is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and driving under the age of 21 after consuming alcohol.

Authorities are still investigating how Prince got the alcohol linked to Geter and two others, including McKinney. Authorities said a 15-year-old girl also helped buy the alcohol and could face disciplinary action in juvenile court.

Geter, McKinney and Smith left the courthouse Wednesday with no comment about the fatal accident or the charges.

Geter, who has a court appointed attorney, is due in court again next month.

McKinney's lawyer, Karl Knudsen, told ABC11 that her case was continued until April 8. Smith case was also continued.

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