On June 15, 2010 at approximately 9:25 p.m., the Rapid City Police Department and Fire Department responded to a vehicle crash near the 300 block of Fairmont Blvd. According to witnesses, two vehicles were drag racing eastbound on Fairmont Blvd. One of the vehicles, a 1996 Honda Civic, driven by Brandon Woodard, 14, Rapid City, lost control at a high rate of speed, went off the roadway where it struck several objects and rolled. Woodard was ejected from the vehicle and sustained minor injuries. The two passengers in the vehicle who were not ejected were identified as Beau Sands, 14, of Rapid City, and Cody McFarland, 13, also of Rapid City. All three juveniles were treated and released at the Regional Hospital.
The second car involved in this incident was identified as a 1998 Honda Civic driven by Brandon Gayton, 20 of Rapid City. Gayton left the scene of the crash and was located earlier today.
Both drivers will be charged with Reckless Driving, which is a Class Misdemeanor, punishable by a year in jail or $1000 fine or both.
32-24-1. Definition of reckless driving--Misdemeanor. Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway, alley, public park, recreational area, or upon the property of a public or private school, college, or university carelessly and heedlessly in disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, is guilty of reckless driving. Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The Rapid City Police Department reminds everyone safety on our roadways is of vital importance. Everyone is encouraged to buckle up and drive safely.