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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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  • ???????

    I as well watched the video several times and zoomed in on it. I totally agree with suicide/murder. But when it comes down to the bottom line, it doesnt matter what happened that night. God felt these people needed to be with him more then them being on this earth. God had his reasons that we are not to question. Either way for what ever reason these people are in a better place.
    I know everyone is entitled to their opinions but what does it really matter at this point. ITs time for everyone to allow the families who lost love ones to morn their lose and for everyone else to stop speculating and give support for the families. God bless the families and god be with you all………….

  • Grand Ole Party

    To all those who are complaining about the comments left on this forum~ Don’t read them, don’t even visit this page. The truth hurts. Why do the family members of thugs always want to blame the police? It is pretty simple really, if they had been going at a legal speed they would be alive. If they had stopped the vehicle for the officer they would be alive. If they had not stuck the large tree, well they would be alive. Blame the driver. I don’t care if you don’t think we have the right to judge, we are going to anyway. Live with it.

  • David

    What gives us the right to judge? The driver doing 65 in a public neighborhood gives me the right to judge. AND I JUDGE THESE MEN WERE UP TO NO GOOD… BUT YOU PEOPLE SIT BACK AND THEN POINT THE FINGER AT THE POLICE…AND SAY ITS THEIR FAULT. THE POLICE DIDN’T PUT THE GUYS FOOT ON THE ACCELERATOR DID THEY?

    The majority of your kind never takes any responsibility and always wants to blame someone else for your misfortunes. Wake up.

  • alonza

    another idiot get a life and let the friends and families grieve the way that gives them comfort and the next time you get in a car you remember to turn your lights on and fasten up but at times we all forget.

  • dknwilmnc

    This accident is a tragedy. Many lives were lost, and for the families and friends their lifes will never be the same. Hopefully the investigating officers can find a reason, no matter how absurd we think it is, as to why the driver was acting in the manner he was. The officers need to explain to the families how and why they have determined the cause and reason for the accident. Mr. Jones needs to reveal truthfully what he knows. He’s the only one who knows the answer factually as to why the driver was acting in this manner. I also have investigated accidents and know the long term effects it has on the families, friends and loved ones of those killed. No matter what the answer is it is never good enough to remove the pain that is now inflicted. The Wilmington Police Dept has several excellent accident investigators, who will explain to the family how they investigated the accident, determined what happened and address their questions. The truth for the victim’s families may be hard to hear, but at least they will have the truth, not hearsay or speculation. Hopefully this terrible accident will be evidence to other young drivers that a motor vehicle can injury or kill you.

    Finally my prayers go out to the families, friends and love ones of the deceased. Mr. Jones you survived for some reason, so make your life a positive change for the better.

  • anne

    First of all, you need to learn to spell. If you talk like you spell, you might want to go back to school.

    I don’t approve of any of the nasty comments made. I don’t care what kind of criminals they were, nobody deserves to die like that. The real truth probably will never be known, but whomever the driver was made some bad choices and his/her choices led to the deaths of the others. Yes, there will be people that will blame the cops because they can’t get it into their heads that their loved one would do something as foolish as this, but it happens.

    You can’t move on until you accept the fact that there are consequences to all choices made whether they be bad or good choices. Unfortunately, in this case, those choices led to deaths of innocent people. It could have been even worse, because he/she could have killed anyone out there walking or could have hit a home. Hearts are broken and lives are changed forever.

  • John

    It is rediculous how friends of the deceased blame the cops for the accident. Wake up people. The accident was caused by a thug who was exceeding the speed limit in quite neighborhood. I feel for the two women who lost their lives but have no pity for the driver.

  • Guest2020

    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.

  • Guest 10101

    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 real disadvantages. That is not a good thing.
    – “YOUR NOT GOD AND YOU DONT MATTER JUST LIKE WPD , IT UP TO GOD AND GOD ALONE THE TRUTH ALWAYS COMES OUT DEAD OR ALIVE” : It’s not just up to God. Sure, God’s the final judge, but that doesn’t mean that we can just do whatever we want here on Earth because God will sort it out later. As God’s subjects here on Earth, we have a God-given right to judge those who do wrong and to have order in our society. If we didn’t, it would just be crazyness. That also would be a bad thing.

    Again, my condolences to the friends and families of those who died. I hope you find peace at some future time.

  • ??????

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

  • MS.WHITE

    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 JUDGING THEM! AND TO THE GUEST WHO SAID IF SHE HAD OF BEEN HOME , IF SHE HAD OF BEEN BUT SHE WASN’T SHE MAY HAVE BEEN THE BLESSING FROM KEEPING THIS FROM HAPPING TO YOU OR ONE OF YOUR LOVE ONES TGHE TABLES CAN CLEARY TURN… YOUR NOT GOD AND YOU DONT MATTER JUST LIKE WPD , IT UP TO GOD AND GOD ALONE THE TRUTH ALWAYS COMES OUT DEAD OR ALIVE…BUT BE SURE HER CHILDREN WILL BE RAISED AND WILL BE OK, WE ARE A FAMILY SOMETHING YOU MAY OR MAYNOT KNOW ABOUT AND WE ALWAYS STICK TOGATHER , THROUGH THE GOOD BAD AND THE UGLY… LEAVING YOU WITH THIS ( HE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE) MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS THAT YOU NEVER FEEL THE PAIN WE FEEL . R.I.P YA’SHCIA M WHITE , AND TO THE OTHER FAMILIES WE THE WHITE FAMILY ARE JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY IF YOU NEED US, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  • Shenequa

    Okay! First off I see headlights. Now maybe he didnt turn them on till after he seen them but what I wanna know is was going that speed limit worth it?? Okay maybe no license or maybe it could’ve been other stuff but just simply pulling over would’ve saved all this. Did he not realize he is also responsible for the passengers in the car or realize two people that I knew personally had children they had to go back too or that someone could’ve been out there walking or like someone said the battery could’ve hurt some child in an house?? I’m not gonna blame anyone because at the end of the day we only know what we are told and what we see. For someone to be harsh and say she should’ve been home and she would be living can shove it because sometimes us as mothers have our downtime and its just sad that two amazing and great mothers had to die on a senseless act like this. I hate the fact some of y’all don’t even care and say stuff that are just outrageous. Find something better to do. WWAY please do some more investagating on this story and maybe even get a interview with Demond. R.I.P Tia and Shica.

  • Vicky from Leland

    OMG r yal freaking serious??? children lost parents nd parents loat children. All dis BS dat is being written up here needs 2 quit. They r now wif god watching ova der children nd not a 1 of yew fools deserve 2 b here talkn dat kinda mess wer the family can c nd read it they have lost enough already so talkn bout des ppl lik dat is bs yal make me sick…………………

    TO THE FAMILY OF THE LIVES LOST…. MAY YOUR FAMILY MEMBER’S REST IN PEACE… I AM SOOO VERY SORRY FOR YAL’S LOST MAY GOD BE WITH YAL THROUGH THIS TRYNA TIME…!!!!!!

  • don’t pass judgment

    I knew the driver for 5 years. We actually used to date. I know he had his reasons for speeding up and it was a stupid decision but the fact of the matter is he was a lost soul. he had no guidance in his life. He made dumb careless decisions but he had a good heart and I can assure you he had no intentions on that being the result of his actions. R.I.P Ralph

  • Guest111

    I watched the video several times. I would say the driver literally committed suicide and two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. No one in their right mind would drive that fast in a neighborhood or any where else in the city. Facts are facts. This guy must have been roaring high on drugs to do this.

  • Gramps1935

    Oh yes, he was a “Great Man”. Who abused children. Read his record. Thank God there’s one less thug taking indecent liberties with children.

  • Olivia

    For you people that have nothing better to do than to get on here and talk about how these people were criminals with records and how it’s their fault because they weren’t wearing seltbelts and how no-one is to blame, but them, should be ashamed to even show your face in public. We all as human beings make mistakes. Yes, some are worse than others, but who is it of you to judge anybody on their past. I’m sure if someone opened up your closet, it would have some skeletons of it’s own in there. That is what is wrong with the world these days..Too many people are too busy slandering our young ones instead of lifting them up in prayer.It’s amazing that some of you actually sit down and think your comments are justified. Families are hurting, Parents have lost their sons & daughters..Children have lost their Mommy or Daddy and people like you are sitting back saying they deserved it!!! May God have mercy on your soul is all I can say!

    To the families of the lost loved ones..I pray God to grant you peace during these difficult times to come. I pray He wraps His arms around you and gives you the strength you need to get up everyday and keep moving forward.God is our comforter durng times of need.

    Sincerely…

  • Gramps1935

    At least 2 or 3X a year, I pull out with my lights off, after going 2 or 3 blocks, I realize they’re off, and turn them on. This is probably what happened with the driver.

    Cops are trained to pull folks over, driving without their lights on. Its an immediate safety hazzard, and half the time they’re drunk. The other half, the cop can let them go on a courteous verbal warning.

    The cop was simply doing his duty. Unfortunately, the driver chose to race 100 MPH and kill himself, and 2 other people.

  • kathy marie

    lives were lost, families are hurting. it does not matter what kind of back ground these people had. Life is life. My heart goes out to the families, I put myself in thier shoes, and I cried when I heard about this accident. So people, have some compassion and keep your negative comments to yourself!

  • justin

    Is there any police dashcam video of police radio chatter in and around the time of this accident? Sees the local media should be looking at all sides, not just what reader’s submit.

  • Sad World

    Was the car stolen? Was he on probation? Did the driver have a license, insurance? Was he scared to stop because the police shot his cousin last month? Was he scared to stop because he hadn’t did anything wrong? Did he believe he possessed the skills to out run the police? All these are legitimate questions, with the thug mindset of today’s youth.

  • Mel

    First, I offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to the families that have suffered this loss!
    Second…… “let ye without sin cast the first stone”! Wow! What is wrong with you? How can you be so LACKING in compassion? There are small children involved here! Young people that are going to be without their parent(s) for the rest of their lives. Whatever happened to “if you have nothing nice to say keep it to yourself”? Why don’t you do something positive and fruitful with that energy you are using?
    Thirdly, “live by the tongue, die by tongue! May the law of reciprosity be known to you that you learn the valuable lesson “judge not lest ye be judged”. It would be because of ill placed thoughts and actions of persons like yourselves that cause the youth to do most of the things they do. What happened to living by example for all to see? But you can pass judgements on the actions of others. You are definately better than I!!

  • Guest, just another

    Its a shame for the children, but this isn’t a black thing, or a bigot thing, its a CHOICE thing. They made dumb, poor choices. Sometimes this is what you get. Maybe Jamontea, Shandella, and Mya will wear their seatbelts when they run with thugs, (when thugs are running) because that’s the way these girls were raised, so that’s what their future holds next.

    Fellow thugs / Friends of thugs want to bash WPD. Why? The cop wasn’t speeding through a neighborhood, the cop didn’t crash without a seatbelt on, the cop didn’t make that driver race away. From the video, you can see that the cop was going slower than the SUV.

    Thank God that the idiot driving that KILLED those girls didn’t kill another innocent family in the process. And by innocent, I mean someone who didn’t get into the car BY CHOICE and not wear a seatbelt and run from the sight of a cop!

  • Guest6689

    and follows you, don’t plow into a tree at a high rate of speed to remedy the situation. Let him pull you over. It’s all on video. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about. Oh second lesson: seat belts save lives.

    Also, has the WPD released information about any substances in the driver’s body and was alcohol, or other intoxicants, found in the vehicle?

  • Guest, just another

    “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 to spend your last dollar trying to make the cop look bad. How very christian of you. Pathetic.

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