Charges To Be Brought In Fatal Jones County Crash

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.

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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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The Highway Patrol has confirmed one person has died in a car accident near Hargetts Crossroads in Jones County.

Troopers say they remain on the scene investigating the accident. The call came in at 4:13 p.m to the Highway Patrol and the first officer was on the scene at 4:33 p.m.

Stay here on WITN.com for more updates.


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  • by adam spivey on Jan 25, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    my little sister aariel was in that pickup truck and i understand that in a split second she could have been the one who dident make it wich i would have nevver forgave the small family and i for one beleve justice was not served any thing over 60 miles an hour is not an accident its stupitity espeachaly on green town road!
  • by Gloria Location: ashland virginia on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    I have known Taylor since she was a student at TPE. I volunteered there everyday for nearly 5 years, Taylor always ran to me with a hug and a smile. When I moved I held and will continue to hold Taylor close to my heart, she was always a wonderful person to be around, and I know with out a doubt that she will be forever missed. My thoughts and prayers are will the family and eveyone involved in the accident
  • by Jackie Location: eastern NC on Jan 20, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    WHAT THE HE?? ? Misdemeiner(SP) death by vehicle?? THE TRUCK WASN'T DRIVING ITSELF AT OVER 100 MPH! A girl is dead, never to see another day, AND THIS IS ALL JONES COUNTY IS CHARGEING THIS DRIVER WITH? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE, AND WHY HAS THIS GIRL BEEN THROWN AWAY LIKE THANKSGIVING GARBAGE? COME ON, SOMEONE MUST CARE MORE FOR HER THAN THIS. OMG!
  • by sis Location: trenton on Jan 9, 2010 at 08:58 PM
    we will get answers, maybe it was a medical condition, no one knows. i pray for all (those in the truck and the other car/van) because this is very hard to live with and due to this the small family has lost a soon to be born family member. the only one that will ever know the complet truth is God. may He be with us all.
  • by enough already Location: trenton on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    cactus, no one disagrees with you. But the person I was referring to was the driver of the vehicle that was passed by Mr. Small. I happen to know the person who was driving that vehicle. This has been very traumatic for this person. Most everyone has been ready to point a finger at this person simply because of a comment someone made. This person was only driving on that road that day and had nothing to do with causing that accident. Yet everyone has been ready to proclaim guilt on an innocent person. This person will never be able to forget what happened that day. Don't misunderstand me. I make no excuses for Mr. Small's behavior that day. There is none. But he has to live with that and I don't imagine he is having an easy time of it either. We can all take something from this. It only takes one careless decision to change the lives of many. In the meantime, I would like for the public crucifixtion of the other driver to cease. It is unfair and undeserving.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 8, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Enough Already, this man was driving at 100MPH, who or what forced him to do so, he made a bad decision,all he had to do was slow down, yet he did not. Now he will have to step forward and be held accountable. No excuses.
  • by Enough Already Location: Trenton on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    This is a tragic story and I cant help but feel compassion for all the families involved. But no one has even thought how this has affected the driver of the vehicle that was passed. This person was innocent. They were just a driver on the road that day but for them, their life is forever changed. They watched events unfold before their eyes and watched a life taken senselessly. Has anyone given a thought to how this person will have to live with that image in their mind? Then to be subjected to accusations and possible repercussions when you haven't done anything other than to be on that road that day is a travesty. No one wants to believe that someone else could do something so foolish without having a reason. But unfortunately that is what happened. Mr. Small didn't set out that day to take a life but that is what happened. I pray for all of them. No one that day will ever be the same again. For those so ready to accuse an innocent person, I hope you feel some measure of shame.
  • by minniec Location: trenton on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    Tom Tom how can you pass judgement on someone when you were not there. I was and unless you have the facts you do not need to comment. I agree with enough. This happens all the time and I surely do not drag race. SO Zip up your comments and listen for the truth. Seems to me the old saying that a guilty dog barks first,,,been drag racing yourself.
  • by enough Location: trenton on Jan 8, 2010 at 04:42 AM
    >>>>>>Tom Tom...... He wasn't drag racing the driver that he passed. HE passed the car. How many times have you been passed by someone driving a high rate of speed? Were you Drag racing? The other driver stopped, pulled off the road and was HELPING the passengers out of the truck thats right they done NO different than you or I would have... I hope you feel foolish.
  • by tom tom Location: MARTIN CTY on Jan 7, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    the only thing that I don't here is WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER DRIVER.( THE CAR/TRUCK THAT WAS BEING PASSED OR RACING.) Why isn't he/she in he picure! they should be charged as well. I have passed cars beore that where running SLOW. or tried to pass, and in the process the other car speeds up so you cannot get by. Doesn't mater if there was a car comming or not.so you would either SPEED up of slow down and get back behind the slow car. You will be missed dearly. known you for a while but only saw you once in a while. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS YOUR TIME!!!!
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