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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been two days since a crash in Forest Hills killed three people. Now video has surfaced that shows the SUV seconds before it hit a tree.

The video shows the SUV speeding down Colonial Drive toward Forest Hills Drive. About ten seconds later a Wilmington Police car follows at about the same speed.

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We showed the footage to private investigator Marc Benson, who has received training in accident reconstruction and speed measuring. By comparing the SUV to other cars in the surveillance footage, his opinion is that the SUV was going well over 60 miles per hour.

“If I was sitting off to the side and saw that car pass, I would say in excess of 70, 75 miles per hour,” Benson said. “There’s a slower car that appears to be going the speed limit, which would be 20 to 25 miles per hour. Next you will see a car accelerating through that same shot, and as that car accelerates through, you can tell it is going much faster than the speed limit.”

Benson says with the SUV going that fast on a residential street, the crash could have had a deadlier outcome, especially if another car had turned into its path.

“This is not a highway speed or interstate speed environment,” he said. “When you got people going though there at interstate speeds something bad is going to happen.”

Police say an officer followed the SUV after seeing it driving with its lights off on Wrightsville Avenue. By the time the SUV passed the camera on Colonial Drive, though, its headlights appear to be on.

The one survivor of the crash, Demond Jones, was listed in fair condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

I feel for the families and I really hate that these people died regardless of what their past was, but I haven’t seen anything that is slander. For something to be slander it has to be a lie and posting a person’s criminal record, no matter how unpleasant it may be, it is not slander.

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Guest 10101
2016 years 2 months ago

First of all, my condolences to the friends and families of those who died in this tragic accident. Death in a family is always heartbreaking, regardless of the circumstances.

Perhaps some of the comments you made came from anger, but a couple of them disturbed me.
– “2 YOUNG MOTHERS LOST THERE LIVES FOR WHAT EVER REASON GOD SAW … CHILDREN CAN’T EVEN GO ON DATES WITHOUT SOME ASSHOLES ALWAYS JUDGING THEM!” : It’s sad when “children” going out on dates also happen to be two young mothers. When children are also mothers, their children start out in life with… Read more »

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??????
2016 years 2 months ago

Sounds like a suicide to me………. suv traveling that fast, not using their breaks and heading right for the tree……………..

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MS.WHITE
2016 years 2 months ago

ALL OF THESE THINGS MIGHT BE TRUE AND THEN AGAIN THEY MIGHT NOT BE , WHO KNOWS AND WHO CARES,ALL I KNOW IS YA’SHICA ,IS GONE AND WE DON’T KNOW THE REAL REASON WHY , BUT YOU CAN DAMN SURE BET YOUR LAST DOLLOR IF WE HAVE TO GO BROKE FINDING OUT THE TRUTH BEHIND YOUR SO CALLED OFFICER WE WILL… WE HAVE READ ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS, AND YOUR OPINIONS REALLY DONT MATTER…2 YOUNG MOTHERS LOST THERE LIVES FOR WHAT EVER REASON GOD SAW TIME FOR THE TO PAST, CHILDREN CAN’T EVEN GO ON DATES WITHOUT SOME ASSHOLES ALWAYS… Read more »

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Guest, just another
2016 years 2 months ago

“YA’SHICA ,IS GONE AND WE DON’T KNOW THE REAL REASON WHY”

“SDS” is the probably cause, sudden deceleration syndrome. She wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was in a car that was running from the sight of a cop for no reason, so fast that when they hit the tree the battery from the car flew 150 feet. I think thats why. Just my guess.

Keep blaming someone else, that officer didn’t force that car to crash. That’s the reality. Typical ignorant attitudes. Bringing God into your statement doesn’t do much for your argument when you go and state that you’re going… Read more »

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