The jurors in Tyler Stasko's murder trial were taken Thursday to the scene along N.C. 49 where three people, including a Clover teenager, were killed in a high-speed crash in April 2009.
Police vehicles with flashing lights blocked one of the highway's lanes while the jurors spent 13 minutes looking at the intersection and roadway.
Stasko stood to the side, alone, his head down, hands in his pants pockets.
Some jurors took notes. They walked up the highway to the crest of a hill and looked back toward the intersection. Some stood in the middle of the highway, blocking two lanes of traffic.
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The jurors were taken to the scene in a van. The judge, prosecutors, defense lawyer and Stasko rode in another van.
When the jurors, judge, lawyers and Stasko got back into the vans to return to the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, traffic was backed up more than a mile.
Earlier Thursday, a police crash investigator testified that Stasko's Mitsubishi Eclipse was going at least 86 mph when it collided with the Mercedes driven by 45-year-old Winthrop University professor Cynthia Furr.
Furr and her 2-year-old daughter, McAllister, were killed. Thirteen-year-old Hunter Holt, a passenger in Stasko's car, also died.
Jurors saw pictures of the mangled wreck of Furr's car, which Det. Jesse Wood said briefly went airborne after the collision. The frame of the Mercedes was broken, the detective told jurors.
Wood testified that there were no skid marks coming from Stasko's car. He estimated that Furr's car was going about 10 mph.
Stasko, 23, of Matthews is charged with three counts of second-degree murder. He's accused of racing 47-year-old Carlene Atkinson down that stretch of N.C. 49 near the South Carolina border.
Atkinson's black Chevrolet Camaro wasn't involved in the wreck, but the Lake Wylie woman is also charged with three counts of second-degree murder. Her trial date has not been set.
Each murder charge is punishable by a prison term ranging from about eight years to more than 30 years.
Superior Court Judge James Morgan ruled earlier Thursday to allow the jury to be taken to the scene where Furr, McAllister and Hunter were fatally injured.
Morgan at first announced that members of the media would not be allowed to be at the scene of the deadly wreck.
Later, after meeting with attorneys for the Charlotte Observer and other media outlets, the judge said the media would be allowed at the scene, but journalists could not interfere or take pictures of jurors.
Cameras have been allowed in the courtroom during the trial, but reporters have been prohibited from videotaping or photographing the jurors.Wootson: 704-358-5046