Teenager charged in accident at mall
By Gary Popp
Published in News on December 13, 2011 1:46 PM
Goldsboro police have charged a 16-year-old girl who was behind the wheel during a single-car accident Thursday evening in the Berkeley Mall parking lot that sent five people to the hospital.
Two of the teens sent to Wayne Memorial Hospital were later transferred to Pitt Memorial Hospital.
Ashleigh Brooke Robinson, of 215 Woodbine St., was charged with careless and reckless driving to endanger and failure to maintain lane control, police said.
Investigators said Miss Robinson's age classifies her as a provisional licensed driver, which makes it unlawful for her to have more than one person in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not an immediate family member.
She was treated at Wayne Memorial following the accident and has since been released.
A 12-year-old Princeton boy was taken to the Greenville hospital Friday. Police said the boy is in fair condition and is waiting to undergo an operation.
A 15-year-old Goldsboro boy was airlifted to Pitt Memorial several hours after the accident. Police said the young man remains in the hospital and is in stable condition.
Both of the boys were sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, and neither was wearing a safety belt, according to the accident report.
The vehicle's other occupants, a 15-year-old Goldsboro boy and 17-year-old Alexandria Trice, have been released from Wayne Memorial since the accident.
Police said the accident was apparently the result of Miss Robinson's lack of driving experience, inattention and speed.
The accident occurred behind Sears at a sharp curve in the roadway.
Miss Robinson failed to make the turn and the car left the roadway and struck two trees. According to the accident report, the vehicle was traveling at least 43 mph at the time of the accident.