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Deadly Highway Drag Race In Charlotte Kills Three


Posted on Apr 14, 2009

A tragic story out of Charlotte, North Carolina this week proved that illegal drag racing can be deadly - and lead to multiple murder charges for those who survive.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reported that two cars, a Mitsubishi Eclipse and a Camaro, were drag racing on State Route 49 on Saturday night. One of the drivers, 20-year-old Tyler Stasko, struck a car driven by Cynthia Furr that had just turned on to the highway. Both Furr and her toddler daughter McAllister were killed in the drag racing crash. A 13-year-old passenger of in Stasko's car, Hunter Holt, was also killed. Furr was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while her daughter later died at Carolinas Medical Center. Holt died Sunday.

Witnesses of the crash say the two drag racing cars toped out at 80 miles per hour. Stasko has been charged with three counts of second degree murder and suffered serious injuries in the crash. He remains in intensive care under police guard.

The driver of the other car, 44-year-old Carlene Atkinson, may also be charged in the drag racing deaths as police collect more evidence. Atkinson's car left the scene of the crime after briefly checking out the crash, according to witnesses, and is now under investigation. Some report that Atkinson might have had her two young daughters with her at the time of the drag racing incident. Atkinson has a history of speeding, with violations in York County, Mecklenburg County, and Gaston County.

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