Citation Issued To Friend Who Helped Victim In Fatal Street Race

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 19:26:31-04

A Macon County teen died after crashing his truck while drag racing. His friend, who stopped to help pull the teen from the crash has been cited in the case.

Logan Crowder says he was there the night Eli Border was killed in the crash but did not participate or spectate in the street racing.

He says he came up on the crash scene and while others scattered he stopped to help.

"We just pulled our buddy out of the creek and we are being charged for it," said Crowder. "He was definitely a good guy. You couldn't beat him," said Crowder.

Crowder was horrified when he arrived moments after Borders lost control of his truck while racing another driver on Long Creek Road in Macon County last Friday night.

The truck hit a culvert and Borders was ejected into a creek bed. Crowder stopped and with a friend jumped in to help.

"There was a big tree branch on the bed of the truck. We pulled it back and there he was laying right there," said Crowder.

Paramedics arrived and rushed the 17-year-old to the hospital, but he didn't survive. At the scene, an officer asked Crowder what happened.

"I was like we were following back behind the trucks and we made it up the road, and then before I even finished he said you all saw it so you all are being charged," said Crowder.

Eli's father Lionel Borders is not looking to lay blame on anyone.

"We love those kids," said Lionel.

And he appreciates that Crowder says he stopped to help his son. Crowder wishes he could have done more and certainly doesn't regret stopping even though he did get a citation.

"No matter what happens or what comes ... I won't regret it helping," said Crowder. 

Crowder insists he not racing or spectating, but those who were and didn't stop after the wreck could face charges for street racing, leaving the scene and failure to render aid.

The THP investigation continues. The area where this crash happened at Long Creek Road in Macon County is well-know by locals for a history of street racing.