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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  • by Teri Location: New Bern on Jan 17, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    I am the sister of Taylor Elks. alot of us are hurting bc of this tragedy but we can only let the justice take its course. no its not fair what happened to my sister not fair at all. This man does not have to walk by her room and wait to hear her on the phone or coming out of her room to do whatever! but all we can do is pray for him and his family that man has to look his son in the eyes everyday knowing he killed the girl Ed loved. they family is suffering as well as we are. just keep my family and his family in your prayers. remember he has to pay for actions if not here on earth then he will face judgment one day!
  • by william edward small on Jan 17, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    yes my father made a stupid choice and yes it killed the girl i loved but he does not drink and as for an update on the others in the truck me and mario are fine other than my sholder is still messed up and aariel is home and up walkin around
  • by AL Location: ENC on Jan 17, 2010 at 08:06 AM
    I will hope they throw the book at him and make it stick good. There was no and I mean no excuse for his actions. I know he is hurting but, this girls family is never gonna get over this act of stupidity. IF this were my child I would make sure he suffered till the day he died. I would put the biggest blow up pictures in his yard his jail cell if he see's one. Accidents happen but this was no accident. He was being STUPID!!!!!!! MArk you are so right and Angela I am with you on this too! This should be a FELONY with a mandatory jail time no 2nd chances!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 17, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Well I guess we now know how to kill and get by with the crime.appling to say the least.
  • by Angela Location: Vanceboro on Jan 16, 2010 at 09:56 PM
    Are you freaking kidding me? Misdemeanor? He was going over 100, driving reckless. This family, no actually all of us have lost this beautiful young lady and he gets charged with misdemeanor? I hate the justice system.. Lets take him out and throw him from a vehicle going over 100 shall we?
  • by Wondering Also Location: Pamlico on Jan 16, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    I also am wondering about the other girl that was in the vehicle.
  • by Mark Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    How about let's cut thru the red tape and ram this guys head into a tree at around 100 mph......until we start dishing out swift and severe punishment, there is no deterrent for this behavior. The sad fact is this jerk will be out driving around drunk again by July 4 and we will all be targets for him.
  • by wondering Location: chocowinity on Jan 16, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    can we get an update of the other passengers in the vehicle/s? Thanks

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