• Family: Street racer plows into SUV in their neighborhood

    By: Tina Terry


    STATESVILLE - A family is demanding answers after they said drivers who were street-racing in their neighborhood plowed into their SUV.

    Fortunately, the family walked away from the crash without any serious injuries. The family told Eyewitness News reporter Tina Terry this is not the first time racing has not happened in their neighborhood. They said neighbors have been complaining about street racers for months now.

    “I thought my family was gone. I thought we were dead. I just didn’t see how we were going to get out of it,” said victim Robin Wright.

    On Sunday, Wright loaded into the SUV with her daughter, 6-month-old granddaughter and son-in-law. They pulled up to an intersection, preparing to make a right turn.

    “We saw this truck come over the hill with another vehicle beside it, spinning two or three times toward us,” Wright said.

    That truck plowed into the front of their Ford SUV.

    “My daughter, for a second I didn’t think that she was going to make it and I didn’t have time to think about anything else,” Wright said.

    Police cited the driver of the truck for street racing. Terry knocked on his door Wednesday, but he did not answer. Police are still looking for the driver of the other car.

    Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, said racing is becoming more common in the neighborhood and they have reported it to police. The Wright family is begging drivers to think twice before putting other people’s lives at risk.

    “The next time you drag race you might take someone’s family away. You might take my family away,” Wright said.

    A Statesville police spokesman said he is not aware of a street racing problem in that neighborhood. He said there have only been two or three complaints about racing this year and none were from that neighborhood.

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