TROOPERS: Speed Caused Teens To Crash

State troopers say speeding caused a crash that injured three high school students after an SUV overturned several times Wednesday while on their way to school.

The Highway Patrol says the single vehicle crash happened on Taylor Road, outside of Chocowinity around 7:20 a.m.

Thomas Wainwright of Chocowinity, the 16-year-old driver has been charged with exceeding the posted speed limit and a driver's license restriction violation. Two Southside High School classmates were in the SUV, and troopers say Wainwright can't have more than one person under 21 in the vehicle when driving.

Troopers say the teen was going approximately 65 miles per hour in the 55 m.p.h. zone when the vehicle went off the road to the left, came back on and then overturned several times.

The Highway Patrol says all three teens had non-life threatening injuries.


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  • by The unbeliever on Mar 23, 2012 at 06:15 AM
    Just 10 miles over the speed limit caused this? Really? You folks believe that?
  • by SHS Parent Location: Choco on Mar 23, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    How can you blame the parents? That is the dumbest thing I have heard. Do you know what your kids are doing ALL the time? No one forced those boys in the car with Thomas. Also they are all old enough to know to wear a seat belt which not all of them were doing. It is a miracle that no one was killed. Let's Thank God for that! Let this be a lesson for all teenage drivers. But everyone is also forgetting that this happened on the morning it was so extremely foggy so weather had a roll in this. Thomas has to live with what he did to his friends while he was driving & he repeatedly told the families he was sorry as they were all laying in the emergency room! I as a parent am extremely glad that they were not laying in the morgue.
  • by Dale Location: williamston on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    Do any of you honestly believe this accident would not or could not have happened with an adult in the car? Yes, it could have ended in tragedy and thank God it did not; but to blame the parents or charge the parents is crazy. The parents may or may not have known. As one person stated, parents can't control or fix what they do not know is happening. No one has the right to point fingers or judge unless you know all of the facts. I pray YOUR ( to gypsy's gmama)kids never do anything wrong or make stupid decisions!
  • by Niteowl Location: Edenton on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    The parents can't correct what they may not know is going on. That generally happens after they get caught, Guess what..... he got caught..... just glad no one lost there life.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
    What are these parents thinking?? The graduated driver's license program was put into place to protect people. The rules of that program became the rules in my house as soon as my kids got their license. No exceptions. The parents should also be charged with child endangerment.
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      by Anne on Mar 23, 2012 at 07:20 AM in reply to gypsy's gmama
      I agree the license rules are their to protect the kids. But it goes for all parents you can tell them the rules and only trust that they will follow them when they leave. I know one of the kids that was a passenger in the car and he said the driver had only had his license for 1 week, so with a totaled truck and he lost his license. The roads should be a little safer now that he isn't driving.
  • by grandma driver on Mar 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    Glad no one died in this accident. Bill paying parents of these young drivers need to make sure they are abiding by the restrictions on their license. Oh yeah! A lot of parents know their kids drive past 9pm and have more than one person in the vehicle. When there is no punishment for not following the rules, like not being able to drive for awhile, why should they have to follow the rules. Whether the law catches them or not, they are not following the rules, their parents see no need to enforce them, why should the kids care? I care because they want to drive on the same road I do and endanger me and other drivers like me. It wouldn't hurt for there to be more random checks by the HP on young drivers. Discrimination!. No. If they are following the rules, they have nothing to worry about.
  • by NCLEO Location: Raleigh on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    so speed may have been a contributing factor but the main reason they crashed was due to overcorrecting after running off the road
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      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 02:41 PM in reply to NCLEO
      Get OFF the computer and go tell your buddies to stop busting people for marijuana.
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      by Clifton on Mar 22, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to NCLEO
      Not over correcting, but wrongly correcting. When you run off the road, the last thing you want to do is pull back onto the road. Take your foot off the gas and ride it down until you can safely pull back onto the road.
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      by NCLEO on Mar 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM in reply to NCLEO
      To anon: Why should I get off the computer when I'm only on here at home on my time off- not on dept comp or time- sure give me the names and address' of ur buddies you want to stop being "busted"
  • by To The Left? on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    Most of the time, it would be to the right.
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