TROOPERS: Student's Car Going 85 MPH

State troopers say a car with four high school students in it was going 85 miles per hour when it crashed.

Two of the four students were airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The students had just left North Lenoir High School Monday when the car wrecked on Brothers Road, that's outside of La Grange.

State troopers say 17-year-old Duane Bright was charged with reckless driving and restraint violations.

Bright and front seat passenger Devonte Brooks were treated and released from Lenoir Memorial Hospital. The two back seat passengers, 18-year-old Rakeem Artis and Bright's 15-year-old brother Justin were thrown from the car. A PCMH spokeswoman says Justin Bright has since been released while they have no information on Artis.

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School officials say three of four students hurt Monday afternoon in a high speed crash have been released from the hospital.

Four students at North Lenoir High School were injured in the 3:00 p.m. crash on Brothers Road outside of La Grange.

Two of the injured were flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and the school system says the fourth student could be released as soon as today.

State troopers say 18-year-old Duane Bright faces charges of reckless driving and restraint violations. None of the four were wearing seat belts and the car rolled over at least three times.

The school system says it has counselors available at the school today.

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Four high school students were injured in a high speed accident this afternoon. Two of those injured have been flown to a trauma center.

State troopers say Duane Bright faces charges of reckless driving and restraint violations after the single car crash around 3:00 p.m. on Brothers Road, that's northeast of La Grange.

The Highway Patrol says a 14 and a 15-year-old were thrown from the vehicle and flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The 18-year-old Bright and another 15-year-old passenger were taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital. All four are students at North Lenoir High School.

Troopers say none of the four had their seat belt on and that speed was a factor in the crash. The vehicle rolled over at least three times.

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  • by concerned Location: La Grange on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    I hope thru this accident that all involved has learned a valuable lesson. I hope other young drivers will learn from this. There is no need to hurry while driving. Better show up late than never.
  • by c/o 2011 Location: NC on Oct 13, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    Some teenagers are not ignorant. It's really how they were raised, and how strict their parents are. Once again this could have something to do with the LACK OF PARENTING! As a senior I've had a Ticket. Speeding, at that. Yes we do it, everyone is guilty for it. But My parents were strict about it. No keys, No phone, Freedom was cut off. And I've not had another ticket. So maybe if the Parenting Skills were there, the seatbelts would have been there, the correct speedlimit would have been drove, and horseplay would not have been involved. But hey, this is food for thought.
  • by CTW Location: G-vegas on Oct 13, 2010 at 03:26 AM
    wrongful comments are3 posted up here. Moma always said " If you can't say something bice keep your mouth zipped. Cause you don,t know who is judging you. God Bless this Country & Nation so that they might not Judge.
  • by Jazz Location: Plymouth on Oct 13, 2010 at 02:59 AM
    Teenagers are not developed enough to drive. It's a brain thing. But parents don't want to be hauling them around so our society accepts a few thousand deaths each year so parents don't have to be responsible.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 10:30 PM
    James - invisible?
  • by WOW Location: Pitt County on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    Don't feel sorry for these idiots-- they could have killed an innocent family. No seat belts-- how stupid can you get!!!
  • by t Location: greenville on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:32 PM
    Ignorance will lead to the rest of us teenagers suffering for some idiots actions. Please be safe and compliant with all the rules. We aren't above everyone else on the road, so stop driving like we are. We are simply teenagers with alot of responsibility on out hands, and lets show that we know how to handle it. Hope he is okay though.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    It is a miracle that any of them got out alive.
  • by James Location: Morehead City on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    when are these ignorant teenagers going to learn that they are not invisible or above the law? How many have to die before it gets through these thick headed teenagers that driving at outrageous speeds is not cool, but dangerous?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Oct 12, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    Governing vehicular speed to 55 has 2 problems. The 1st is there are many places where the speed limit is higher - as much as 80mph on some freeways in certain states. If you go 55, you're a hazard to yourself & others. There is also the possibility of an emergency situation that warrants a higher speed - something my own instructor discussed with me at length when I was learning many yrs ago. The seat belt idea sounds good at 1st, until you realize there could also be an emergency that warrants being able to start & move a vehicle quickly where there's no time to stop and mess with that. A person could also easily clip the seatbelt without actually being seated & leave it that way anyhow, so it's pointless. I know you're trying to think of solutions, but those just don't work. Parents having a solid, honest relationship with their children that teach discipline shouldn't have difficulty teaching safe driving practices. At 43, I can say that I've never had a moving violation, ever.

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