Driver Charged In Vehicle Death Of New Bern Teen

Charges have been brought against the driver of a vehicle in the death of a young woman.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 56-year-old William Small has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the death of 17-year-old Taylor Elks of New Bern.

Highway Patrol says Small was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour before crashing his vehicle.

Elks of New Bern was killed in the accident that took place in Jones County. Two others were injured.

Small has an unsecured bond of $10,000 and an expected court date of March 5th in Trenton.

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Charges are expected to be brought Friday against the driver of a car that crashed killing one teen.

Highway Patrol says 56-year-old William Small was driving in excess of 100 miles per hour before the fatal crash.

17 year old Taylor Elks of New Bern was killed in the accident and two others were injured.

Authorities say small wasn't drag racing before the truck ran off the road and flipped.

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A grieving grandfather says he wants answers after his grandchild ended up dead, the victim of what authorities say was a high speed car crash.

Charges are pending against the driver that troopers say caused the weekend crash in Jones County that claimed the life of 17 year-old Taylor Elks.

Tayor Elks Grandfather, Gerald Adams, says he forgives 56 year-old William Small, the man troopers say is responsible for his granddaughters death. But he says he wants answers as to why it had to happen. "I just cannot understand why, I just cannot comprehend that and that is what's bothered me so bad."

Troopers say Small was going more than 100 miles an hour and trying to pass another vehicle before running his ford pickup off the road, striking several mailboxes

Three passengers, including the driver's son, 18 year-old William Small Junior, were injured. one remains hospitalized.

While Adams says he wants answers, he also knows that no amount of justice will bring his granddaughter back. "I forgive the man for what he done. I can do that. If I ever see him, If I ever talk to him, I'm going to tell him I forgive him.


Highway Patrol Trooper J.J. Zamora tells WITN he is currently investigating the crash that killed 17 year-old Taylor Elks on Saturday.

Zamora says the driver of the Ford F-150 pick-up was William Small.

"Where do you have to go at that speed with four kids in the car," Zamora said Sunday.

Lawmen say Small was going in speeds in excess of 100 mph when his truck ran off the road and flipped, killing Elks.

"My job is going to be getting answers and getting rid of the heresay," Zamora said when asked about whether Small was involved in any type of racing activity as a member of the victim's family stated to WITN Saturday night.

According to Highway Patrol the other teens in the pick-up were, 18 year-old William Small Jr., 18 year-old Mario Majette, and 18 year-old Ariel Spivey, all of Trenton according to Zamora.

No charges have been filed against Small.

Zamora says he is working with the DA's office and charges are pending.

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The Highway Patrol says a teenager died Saturday in an accident on Greentown Road in Jones County, riding in a truck that was going in excess of 100 miles per hour..

17-year-old Taylor Faith Adams Elks of New Bern was thrown from the back seat of the vehicle and killed.

Troopers say that the pick-up truck Elks was in was a mile from NC 58 and two miles north of Trenton when they tried to pass another vehicle.

Authorities say the truck was going in speeds of excess of 100 mph, ran off the road and flipped.

A relative of Elks claims the driver of the car was participating in drag racing at the time. The Highway Patrol has not confirmed that statement made by the relative to Elks.

Elks was the only passenger not secured by a seat belt, according to authorities. Several other people in the truck were injured, including one girl, whose mother says her daughter broke her back in the crash.

Troopers are still investigating to determine if the car being passed encouraged the speeding that took place.

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