By Shaun Raviv and John Sullivan – washingtonpost.com
Shortly before midnight on March 28, 2017, a silver Dodge Caravan streaked past Highway Patrol Trooper Dustin A. Motsinger as he sat parked along a stretch of highway in rural North Carolina. Motsinger raced after the speeding van. The driver stopped, but as the trooper climbed out of his cruiser, the van drove off. Motsinger gave chase.
Inside the van that night, 15-year-old Osiel Carbajal was at the wheel. His passengers: his 16-year-old sister, her 15-year-old boyfriend and a 15-year-old friend. The teens had taken the van without permission from Carbajal’s mother in nearby Morven.
“Possibly 55, they’re all over the place,” Motsinger told his supervisor on the radio, using the code for a drunk driver.
“If you can PIT him, go ahead,” said the supervisor.
As the teens crossed the Anson County line at 100 mph, Motsinger caught up with them. Then he bumped his Dodge Charger into the right rear quarter panel of the Caravan, sending it off the road.
The van flipped and began to cartwheel, landing almost 500 feet away. The force sheared the wheels from the left side of the vehicle. The impact hurled three of the teens from the Caravan. Two of them died. One broke his back. The driver suffered minor injuries.