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7/27/2021 2:09:00 PM
Second Driver Charged in Street Racing Fatality

Wayne Howard
Reporter


The second driver who allegedly engaged in a street racing incident that led to a crash that killed a six-year-old Kings Mtn. boy on Saturday night June 26th has now been charged.

The Highway Patrol says shortly before 10 PM that night, Donnie Ray Cobb, 46, and Gracie Malayna Eaves, 20, were traveling eastbound on US 74, when both drivers decided to accelerate to a high speed. The Highway Patrol estimated the two were driving in excess of 90 mph when their vehicles sideswiped, sending Cobb's car across the median near Sparrow Spring Road where he crashed into a westbound car driven by Santiago Lagunas.

Lagunas and his son, Liam, were taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. Liam died early Sunday June 27th. Cobb was taken to Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, at first in critical condition. He survived his injuries, and after being released, Cobb was arrested July 15th and charged with careless & reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon resulting in serious injury, driving while impaired, spontaneous speed competition, and second degree murder.

Eaves, listed then as a Gastonia resident but booked as living in Bessemer City, wasn't arrested until Monday (July 26th). She was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Santiago Lagunas had his child buckled in a child car seat in the back seat of his car, but the impact at a high speed cost his life.

Eaves, who didn't stop after the sideswipe and resulting collision of the other vehicles occurred, was also charged with felony hit and run resulting in serious injury or death, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, reckless driving, and speed competition.

The Highway Patrol says the speed limit where the wreck occurred is 55 mph, but says Eaves and Cobb were traveling in excess of 90 mph and possibly over 100 mph.

Santiago Lagunas was seriously injured but will fully recover from his injuries, but he lost his six-year-old son.



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