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2 charged in drag race that ended in crash

October 20, 2017 GMT

About 8 p.m. April 25, the drivers of a black Honda motorcycle and a 2001 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo started overtaking each other at Maplecrest Road and Lake Avenue.

Both drivers accelerated in order to pass each other until the motorcycle no longer had room to change lanes and crashed into the rear of a black 2013 Honda Accord in the left southbound lane of Maplecrest Road, according to court documents.

After the motorcycle crashed into the Accord, it then struck the Monte Carlo.

The driver of the Monte Carlo, Mason D. Wigent, 22, of the 2400 block of Hillock Court, did not stop to help the motorcycle driver, Dustin F. Meier, 21, of the 3800 block of Eastway Drive, and his passenger, Lauren Silver, age unknown.

Instead, after initially hitting the brakes, he brought his car to a stop about a half-mile south of the crash on Maplecrest Road and walked back to the crash. While other people stopped to help the victims, Wigent called 911 to report the crash and told dispatchers that his vehicle had been hit by a motorcycle.

At the crash scene, Wigent identified himself as a witness rather than telling law enforcement he was involved, court documents said.

He did not produce a driver’s license or provide his residential address to anyone at the scene, or any proof of car registration, though he did fill out a handwritten statement about the crash.

Both Meier and Silver suffered multiple injuries and were in critical condition when they were taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center, court documents said.

The driver of the Honda Accord was not injured, but a passenger complained of neck pain and was taken to a hospital to get checked out.

Meier suffered serious bodily injury, court documents said. Silver suffered pelvis fractures, a lacerated spleen, fractures to her eye socket, hand and forearm, bruises to the right lung and multiple cuts and scrapes.

A blood test on Wigent showed a level of THC, the active drug in cannabis.

There is a warrant for Wigent’s arrest. He was charged Thursday with leaving the scene of an accident, three counts of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle with a Schedule I drug in his body.

Meier was also implicated in the crash. Video of the crash shows Meier rapidly accelerating in an effort to pass the Monte Carlo, court documents say.

Records indicated that Meier had a suspended license with two previous convictions for driving while suspended and had only a motorcycle learner’s permit.

Meier was charged with aggravated battery inflicting injury that causes serious permanent disfigurement, two counts of criminal recklessness and driving while suspended, and operating a vehicle resulting in bodily injury.

There is a warrant for Meier’s arrest.

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