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Teen charged with racing in fatal crash

March 15, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 17-year-old has been charged with racing on roadways, reckless driving and false reports in a Jan. 26 accident in Fulton County, Pa., that claimed the life of a Clear Spring High School junior, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Pennsylvania State Police have ruled that Thomas Ray Reeves, 18, was racing another teenager on Pa. 655 when he crashed his car, according to a written release. Reeves was pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:36 p.m. accident, four-tenths of a mile south of Pa. 484 in Thompson Township, police said.

Reeves was driving a 2001 Daewoo Lanos and the 17-year-old was driving a 2000 Ford Contour, police said.

Trooper John Lupey said Reeves was not wearing a safety belt, and that airbags in the Daewoo deployed in the accident. Police determined speed to be the main factor in the crash, which occurred when Reeves lost control driving north into "an elbow curve." He drove into a culvert and sheared off a telephone pole, Lupey said. The car spun and flipped before stopping, police said.

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Reeves was thrown from the car, Lupey said.

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