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Second driver charged in street racing incident that killed 6-year-old

Gracie Eaves is facing multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina state troopers have arrested a second person in connection with a street racing crash that killed a 6-year-old boy in Gaston County last month. 

Gracie Eaves is facing multiple charges for her alleged role in a street race that led to the crash that killed Liam Lagunas on June 26. Eaves was charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to serious injury, reckless driving, speed competition and felony hit and run resulting in serious injury or death. 

Earlier this month, troopers arrested 46-year-old Donnie Ray Cobb. He was charged with second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving, DWI and speed competition. He was given a $1 million bond during a court appearance. 

Highway Patrol said witnesses told investigators that Cobb and Eaves were speeding in excess of 90 mph before the crash. 

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Patricia Hope was driving behind the Lagunas' car, and she called 911 after witnessing the crash.

"I'm just glad they finally got something done about it because I don't think the little boy needed to die in vain," Hope said.

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Liam Lagunas' parents, Brandi Birrittier and Santiago Lagunas, came to court to watch the hearing.

"He was worried about his injuries and not [Santiago's] or my son's [injuries] so that shows you the kind of person he is," Birrittier said. "The justice system has to fight for my baby, and they will."

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