In the darkness Wooten and his Yamaha sport bike screamed west bound at more than three times the 45 mph speed limit. At the same time heading in the opposite direction were a young couple Dylan Briggs 22 and Jasmine Belush 21.
The couple where out with their friends, Dylan driving Jamine's car when they found themselves in a unfamiliar surroundings, the voice on Jasmine's iPhone likely keep urging to make a U-turn as WAZE often does in a rather insistent manner. For whatever reason Dylan Briggs decided to make a U-turn near Alleghany Street.
Watching several cars pass, Briggs may have seen the motorcycle approaching but didn't realize that Wooten was traveling at an estimated 183.33 feet per second. More than 125 miles per hour.
Wooten's motorcycle struck the right rear passenger door of Jamine's car. Despite wearing helmet he was killed instantly when his head impacted the roof and D-pillar. His motorcycle would continue through the car killing passengers Benjamin Vasques 24, Hanna Brotherton, 22 and Claudia Gray, 27
CMPD Officers arriving on the scene were confronted with a horrific accident and assumed that there was a second car or truck fleeing the area. The unrecognizable carnage provided few clues, the impact was so violent it took officer several minutes just to understand what had happened to the car.
Leann Gray was sitting in the against the door was killed instantly. The public information officer for Midland Fire and Rescue was only 27, an EMT and public information officer with the Midland Fire Department. She was mother to an 8-year old son.
Benjamin Vasquez a soldier in the United States Army, was seated next to Brotherton, had just returned from a deployment in Kuwait.
|US Army Pvt. Benjamin Vasquez|
Only inches separated Briggs and Belush from death, somehow they managed to escape with only minor injuries. They were both taken to CMC Main treated and released.
Cedar's Take: It is impossible to grasp that only 15 seconds either side of the impact time and this accident this would not have happened. In the long chain of events that led up to this accident, that any small deviation, light change or hesitation that could have happened to change the time line by just 15 seconds would have avoided this tragedy.
But the true cause of this accident is nothing short of massive stupidity. David Wooten died an moron and a murder. Beyond reckless and self centric Wooten is a symptom of lawless behavior of a group of idiots who believe the rules apply only to other people.
You will hear people who think it wasn't all his fault that the driver Briggs is equally at fault for not seeing the Yamaha sport bike traveling the distance of one football field every 1.2 seconds. Yet Wilkinson as most city streets does not have the line of sight or grade of an interstate highway the street has a 45 mph speed limit for a reason, safety.
Two days after the accident Olivia Carper in Huntersville decided Wooten needed a "Go Fund Me" Memorial page. Equally disturbing there is no mention of 3 people Wooten murdered.