Illegal street racing led to two young men falling out of the back of a pick-up truck Friday night, according to a press release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. Both men have been transported to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Deputies were already on the way to the scene around 10:15 p.m., responding to a call for a large group of people racing vehicles in the area of Clemsonville Road and Fountain Rock Road. While en-route, they received a second call about the two people who were injured.
A 1984 Ford F250 4X2, driven by an individual identified as Noah Wetzel, 19, was traveling southbound on Clemsonville Road with at least three people in the flatbed, when it went off-road while spinning tires. It then went back on-road, still spinning tires, when the two individuals, identified as John Wittington, Jr., 19, and Michael Fritz, 22, fell off, according to the press release.
The Sheriff’s Office learned that the race was part of an illegal “Pop-Up Street Race Event” that was organized through social media. The press release also stated that although persons on the scene appeared to be intoxicated, they had no indications that the driver himself was impaired.