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Addison Baker, 2 Other High School Students Sent to Greensboro, NC Hospital

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A young driver, Addison David Wilder Baker, 16, of Greensboro, North Carolina made some poor decisions while driving that led to an automobile accident on W. Wendover Avenue at S. Holden Road shortly after 1:00 p.m. on December 17, 2010.

Addison and his two passengers—Jackson Gordon Hamrick, 16, and Nathaniel Kriegsman Goulder, 15, both of Greensboro—were all transported to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro via Guilford County EMS following the wreck.

Several witnesses of the crash stated to police in an official accident report that Addison appeared to be speeding at approximately 65-70 mph in a 45 mph zone. One witness said that “the driver appeared to have ‘gunned’ the vehicle and lost control.”

When Addison lost control of the Volkswagen he was driving, he crossed three lanes of traffic and hit a guardrail on the inside lane of Wendover West. The vehicle then crossed the road towards the right and struck the back of an SUV with its side before finally hitting a tree with its back right end. Addison’s Volkswagen finally came to a rest in the roadway.

The official accident report includes a detailed diagram of the various impacts in this collision. It is available for free on egertonlaw.com.

The driver of the Ford SUV, Margaret Thomas Neal, stated that the impact caused her vehicle to veer off the road to the left and down an embankment. Neither Margaret Neal nor her two passengers—Annette Michelle Locke and Brian Anthony Rucker—claimed to be injured at the time of the wreck. However, it is not unusual that after rear-end collisions at high speeds (like this one) victims begin to notice bruises, aches, soreness and pain days after the event.

Though Addison and the two young men in the car crash with him were taken to Moses Cone Hospital with evident injuries, thankfully none of their injuries have been reported as life-threatening.

Hopefully, Addison, Jackson and Nate will heal soon and have learned a valuable lesson about safe-speeds and making good choices behind the wheel.