Teen killed in Macon Co. drag racing crash identified

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A drag race on a rural road has ended in tragedy for two families. 

A teenage driver in a 1999 pickup truck was racing another truck Friday night on Long Creek Rd. at Johnson Rd. in Macon County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. 

It is not clear how fast they were going, but the THP says the posted speed limit on Long Creek was 55 m.p.h.

Investigators say the 17-year old driver, identified as Eli Borders, suddenly ran off the right side of the road and hit a driveway culvert. Then the pickup crossed to the opposite side of the road and hit a tree. Finally, the truck landed at the bottom of a creek bank. Both Borders and his 17-year old passenger were thrown from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, according to the THP.

Both teens were rushed to the hospital.

Borders, who is from Westmoreland, died Saturday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The technology director for Macon Schools remembers Eli Borders well. David Flynn was his elementary school principal and says, “Eli was a very lovable young man.”  

He was a member of the incoming senior class at Macon County High School, scheduled to graduate next year.

Funeral services are set for Wednesday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at the Macon County High School gymnasium. 

The second teen is Corey Cramer, also 17-years-old and from Lafayette. His injuries were not severe. 

Westmoreland police posted a tribute to Eli Borders on Facebook Sunday afternoon. 

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