Street Racing Crash Kills Mom, Teen, Toddler

Authorities say a mother, her daughter and a 13-year-old boy have been killed after a wreck involving a vehicle in a street race.

Police told The Charlotte Observer that 45-year-old Cynthia Furr was turning out of her southwestern Charlotte neighborhood Saturday evening on to state Highway 49 when a 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse slammed into her Mercedes.

Authorities say Furr and her 2-year-old daughter died shortly after the wreck, while 13-year-old Hunter Holt, a passenger in the Eclipse, died Sunday afternoon.

The driver of the Eclipse, 20-year-old Tyler Stasko, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Police are trying to determine who drove a Camaro racing the Eclipse.


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  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Apr 12, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    Also it is not stated in this article that the lady pulled out expecting traffic to slow down. That is simply speculation. It does state that the other driver was racing; that is a fact. Perhaps there was a hill the racer was coming up and she couldn't have seen him. Perhaps he was far enough away that she thought she had it, but she could not have known that he was racing at a very high speed. Either way, street racing is foolish and puts innocent people in harms way.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Apr 12, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    Street racing is against the law for a good reason Nathan. If someone wants to race, go to the track in Kinston. Don't do it illegally which puts the lives of others in danger.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Apr 9, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    I see a lot of amateur racing out here in Beaufort and Pitt Counties, on country roads and on city streets. But I also see people who pull out in front of others and slow down, and that's actually worse in certain conditions. A racer has better control of his vehicle at dangerous speeds than an average driver who has to slam on his brakes because a soccer mom just assumed he'd pull over and stop so she could do her thing. And this article isn't entirely clear on what all happened, so naturally we assume the racers were 100% at fault, and there may be more to it than that. Death is death and tragedy is tragedy regardless, however, so my prayers go out to the families affected by this.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    Anytime someone kills someone else during an auto race is "murder". There should be no debate. This is not the UN. These drivers should be charged with murder.
  • by Mike on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    I must agree with c.c of gville.Im not pointing fingers or laying blame but there is a saying that motorcyclist use that can be applied to everyone."Look twice,save a life"Im tired of pepole pulling out in front of me.Myself and 4 other motorcycles were riding through gville last sunday and had 4 sepereate vehicles pull out directly in front of us.Pay attention pepole,or you could be facing vehicular manslaughter/murder charges.Hang up and drive.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    My heart goes out to the Furr family. The driver of the Racer car needs to be slammed in jail and not let out. Sick people who race on public, private roads. Join Nascar if you need to race.
  • by huckfan on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:28 AM
    my heart goes out to the family for their loss. even though most of us don't understand what these guys were thinking, we are taught to forgive. we all make mistakes, some not as serious as others. hopefully these young men will take responsibility and possibly share their story with other teenagers and highschool students to help prevent a same tragedy.again prayers for all involved
  • by Street Racer myself Location: Grimesland on Apr 7, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    Street racing has been around for years.You just have some that think they r unstoppable, til something like this tragedy happens. It doesn't matter if they r a male or female..Face up to it and take the punishment..You play you pay...As far as the car it doesn't matter what type or make or even model..Its whats under the hood they care about..not the experience..of the driver..So like i said face up to your punishment.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    I hope they find the drivers of the camaro and charge them to the fullest extent of the law. A mother, baby and teen lost their lives at the hands of careless behavior. If for some reason, the driver of the camaro is not caught, I hope you see the faces of these three people everytime you close your eyes.
  • by Leslie Location: Concord on Apr 7, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    It sickens me to learn that another person has died do to street racing. More needs to be done. We need more organizations like Evo Street Racers to help stop street racing. I have given them my full support in helping them reach our mutual goal to stop street racing. Should you like to learn about the facts of how bad the problem is you may want to read there website. Http://www.EvoStreetRacers.com
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