Deputies: 'Racing' a Factor in a Rollover Crash that Injured 3 Teens

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Three teens were taken to the hospital Monday evening after a rollover accident while racing on SW 40th Street in Lancaster County.

According to Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies, the driver of a 1999 Dodge Avenger, 19-year-old Dalton Walker was racing another vehicle.

Both cars were headed westbound on Claire Street when Walker tried to pass the car in front of him. As he passed the slower car, an eastbound vehicle appeared, forcing Walker to avoid the vehicle. He then lost control, causing the vehicle to hit a culvert, go airborne, then roll several times.

Walker and 18-year-old passenger Savannah Carter were ejected when the car rolled. Emergency crews had to cut 14-year-old Austin Baldwin out of the vehicle.

All three were last reported in critical condition, but had non-life threatening injuries at Bryan West Campus.

Austin Baldwin says Walker told him they were going for a drive, but didn't mention racing.

Baldwin's mother, Austin Baldwin says while she's happy the teens survived, she hopes other teens their age learn an important lesson.

"We've all made mistakes in our life and done things that we shouldn't have and I guess the kids just have a higher price to pay," she said. "Racing should be done on the racetrack."

Both Walker and the other driver were cited for engaging in a speed contest. Walker was cited for no insurance.


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