Teen charged in wreck that killed two

Dec. 31, 2012 @ 05:24 PM


 An Orange County 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle in the deaths of Chase Underhill and Kacie Chamberlain, who died in a wreck in northern Orange County Saturday.

The N.C. Highway Patrol charged Collin Parker Lunsford, 17, of 3500 Little River Church Road, Hurdle Mills, with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle, one count of prearranged speed competition and one count of reckless driving, according to Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman.

Investigators believe that Lunsford and Underhill, 16, who were both driving pickup trucks, were racing at the time of the accident. Underhill lost control of his truck, ran off the road and hit a tree.

Underhill and Chamberlain, 16 were killed in the accident. Two other teens, McCray Williams, 15, and Sam Whaley, 16, were injured in the wreck and were airlifted to Duke University Medical Center.

The teenagers who were killed and injured all were riding in Underhill’s truck and were not wearing seatbelts, according to the Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred on Little River Church Road about 10:30 p.m.

Lunsford was cooperative with investigators and was cited for the four misdemeanors in the Orange County Courthouse Monday, Nieman said. He made his first appearance in Orange County District Court with his attorney, Sam Coleman, on the charges and was released without having to post bond, Nieman said.