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Trooper: Child dies after car struck head-on by car racing in Gaston County

The child, identified as Liam Lagunas, from Monroe, was taken to the hospital where he died...
The child, identified as Liam Lagunas, from Monroe, was taken to the hospital where he died around 4 a.m. Sunday.(Provided by Family)
Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 4:45 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2021 at 10:37 AM EDT
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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A 6-year-old child died hours after their car was struck head-on by a car that lost control while racing in Gaston County Saturday night.

N.C. Highway Patrol said the crash happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. June 26 on U.S. 74 near Sparrow Springs Road.

Troopers said two cars were racing, traveling between 90 and 100 mph, when one of the cars lost control, crashed through the median and hit a car traveling the opposite direction head-on.

The child, identified as Liam Lagunas, from Monroe, was taken to the hospital where he died around 4 a.m. Sunday.

The father of the child was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Troopers said the driver of the speeding car involved in the wreck, later identified as Donnie Ray Cobb, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Donnie Ray Cobb
Donnie Ray Cobb(Gaston County Sheriff's Office)

The driver of the other racing car stayed at the scene.

Following his release from the hospital, troopers arrested Cobb on July 15. He was charged with assault with deadly weapon with intent to cause serious injury, reckless driving to endanger, driving while impaired, speed competition and second degree murder

People who live nearby say they hear and see vehicles speeding down U.S. 74 often, seeing multiple accidents happen at the intersection on a monthly basis.

“I do hear later at night, I do hear more motorcycles and trucks, and stuff like that racing,” said Zachary Brown, who lives nearby.

Neighbors are begging people to stop treating U.S. 74 like a high-speed race track.

“Watch the speed limit because highway patrol is patrolling this road all the time so watch your speed,” Brown said.

No other information was provided.

A GoFundMe page has been created to provide financial assistance to Lagunas’ family.

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