Family Of Crash Victim, Driver Speak Out

The teen who was behind the wheel of a deadly wreck says he is sorry for what happened.

Matthew Hill has been charged by troopers with failure to yield right of way after they say he turned in front of a vehicle on Highway 258 Tuesday afternoon. "I looked, I looked twice, and the sun was in my eyes so, and I thought it was clear. At the last second out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of red and the next thing I know the car hit and spun," Hill told WITN News.

Killed in the accident was 17-year-old Miranda Tyndall. "I want to tell them that I'm sorry that they lost their daughter and that I'm sorry that I was driving the car that caused that. I'm just so sorry for that," Hill said.

The accident happened on Highway 258 and Stroud's Corner Road.

"God took her for a reason, I don't know why," said the victim's mother, Angie Tyndall.

Tyndall was a junior at South Lenoir High School. Her mother says her daughter had big aspirations. "She wanted to go to Los Angeles, California, somewhere and she was going to draw for movies. But she wouldn't leave home, she never left home so I don't know how she was going to do it," her mom told WITN's Ken Heineck.

Funeral arrangements for the teen were announced Thursday afternoon. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at South Lenoir High School. Tyndall's funeral will be Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the high school, followed by burial at Pine Lawn Cemetery.

The family has requested casual dress as that is what Tyndall would have wanted.

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A teenager hurt in a Tuesday car accident has died from her injuries. The Highway Patrol says Miranda Tyndall died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The 17-year-old from Deep Run was the most seriously hurt in the accident on Highway 258 in Lenoir County Tuesday. She had been listed in critical condition at PCMH prior to her death.

Tyndall was a junior at South Lenoir High School.

A group has been created on Facebook called "We love you Miranda Tyndall." The group's description says Miranda is in heaven and was the "light of everyone's life."

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State troopers have charged a teenager from Pink Hill after six people were hurt in an accident Tuesday in Lenoir County. One of those injured is in critical condition.

Troopers say 17-year-old Matthew Hill was southbound on Highway 258 when he tried to make a left turn onto Stroud's Corner Road. A northbound car, driven by Krystal Bass of Kinston, hit Hill's car in the side. Hill was charged with failure to yield right of way.

Three other teens in Hill's vehicle were also hurt. The most serious, 17-year-old Miranda Tyndall of Deep Run, was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The hospital says she is in critical condition.

The driver of a third vehicle in the crash, a 77-year-old woman from Kinston, was not injured.

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Six people were hurt in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon, not far from where another wreck Monday also injured a half dozen people.

The latest crash happened at the intersection of Highway 258 and Stroud's Corner Road, south of Kinston.

Three cars were involved in that accident. Five people were taken to the hospital by ambulance, while a sixth was flown by EastCare to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Troopers say charges are pending against the driver of a white Buick they say was making a left turn onto Stroud's Road and turned into the path of an oncoming car on Highway 258.

There is no immediate word on the extent of injuries in the accident.

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  • by curious Location: deep run NC on Jun 18, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    What was the punishment for the young man driving the car? Jail time?
  • by katlyn Location: nona on Jan 29, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    i miss rara realy badly. wish she was still here love u rara
  • by Ashley Location: Pink Hill on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    I'm so sorry for the loss of Miranda Tyndall. I know she was a very sweet & caring person. And I have great respect for the family, know that you will be in my thoughts & prayers. I know how Matthew feels, as far as pulling out in front of a vehicle. It is really & truly a horrible feeling. Thankful for mine though, no one got seriously injured; and the car was fixable. People just have to be alert when driving, it isn't a joke, and it should be taken seriously. When you are going to pull out; you should try to look atleast 2 or 3 possibly 4 times before going, I know I do now. I learned from my mistake. Things will only get better with time. (: Sincerely, Ashley Pittman.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    I would like to send out 'healing prayers' to Matthew Hill, even though I do not know him. I would like to say that when things like this happen, and I have lost friends too, it is a 'life changing' experience. It does take a lot of time to come to grips with the event. You will go through good and bad days. On the positive side, it will cause all who knew these young people to think, learn, grow, and perhaps, follow Miranda's example in life. Life is full of uncertainties, but you must keep on 'keepin' on', as I believe she would want you to do that. Life is hard, but you must perservere. You have a mission in life, and you are in the midst of that mission. Carry it forward, and it will give you strength.
  • by GeneP Location: Goldsboro on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    Our prayers are with the entire Tyndall family. I have known them for years and remember Randa as a baby. It is shocking and numbing but the only thing to take from this is she is now watching over us all.
  • by itwillbeok Location: ayden on Jan 22, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    To Matthew, I lost my cousin and his girlfriend in a motorcycle accident back in 2000. I know from that experience the sun can be blinding. He was teaching her to drive his new Harley, went around a curve and got blinded by the sun, went off the rode, hit a tree. They both died instantly. Things happen, but in my heart I know God will see you though this and the family.Maybe the sun was her light and meant to be for bigger and better things. My heart goes out to all who will miss her. I pray everyday for my daughter and soon to be grandchild, and Mom and Dad and everyone else in my family. I also pray that if something does take one away that God will make it better day by day. Take care.
  • by alexis Location: washington nc on Jan 22, 2010 at 04:16 AM
    When things like this happens we wonder why one day we will know all these answers Sometimes out of bad things that happen something good will come out its like a puzzle the pieces fitting together but the pain of losing someone u love so tragic The pain of losing your child must be horrible and I pray God will give u strength for the days ahead and for the young man his pain is much worse he touch my heart when I heard him speak what he must be going through I pray God's angels will surround the family's on both sides and give u comfort and guidance for the journey ahead God Bless and Keep You
  • by Rose Location: Kinston on Jan 21, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I know it is hard on you all. We don't understand why these things happen but God has a reason for everything. My prayers are with you and your family. I work with Tammy Tyndall at KPA . She is a dear friend of mine.
  • by Jimmy Location: Apex on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    My sister is married to her grand father Ron and my heart goes out to all that knew and loved this little lady. I can not fathom the loss of someone so young. God be with you Randa and all your friends and family.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    i cant believe this happened, it won't ever be the same without her. and matthew must be going under immense stress.

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