Father Says Deadly Crash Bringing Community Together

A father says the untimely death of his son is helping bring his small community together.

Daneil McClees of Columbia, Tyrrell County, died Saturday when Highway Patrol says the 29-year-old sped through a stop sign, ran off the road into a wheat field, and his car burst into flames in Beaufort County.

McClees' father says the outpouring of support has been overwhelming with friends of those involved in the crash creating a memorial and holding candlelight vigils.

Bobby Jay Moore, 23-years-old, was also killed. Two others were injured and remain in the hospital, though they're expected to recover.

Troopers say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

McClees' was Wednesday night in Columbia.


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  • by Kiki Simpson Location: Columbia NC on May 6, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    THEM BOYS WILL TRUELY BE MISSED, I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM.. COLUMBIA WILL NEVA BE THE SAME AGAIN. BUT IM GLAD IT BROUGHT MY LIL TOWN OF COLUMBIA TOGETHER.. RIP BOYS DANEIL N OG.
  • by Anonymous Location: columbia on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    it is true. our little community has all gotten together and had our tears and remembered all the good times that each of us had shared with DaNeil and BJ..R.I.P boys we love you!
  • by Peach Location: Columbia on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    This tragedy has impacted everyone in our community in some way! The circumstances are painful and one can barely listen to the details with out tearing up! God Bless the family and friends of those involved, and may we all realize how fast life passes by. Stay Strong... May peace find you and give you the comfort of God's love and strength around you! Turn to one another and never forget to smile because YOU were blessed with there presence! RIP DaNeil and BJ "To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die."
  • by Brickhouse Location: Greenville on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    RIp Peace DaNeil and BJ!! Love you cousins
  • by cherie Location: gtown on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    His mother was a teacher at Tyrrell Elementary School . I only saw this young man in the Gumneck community during hunting season. He seemed like a nice guy. My prayers are with Mr. McCleese and his family.
  • by Aman Location: Columbia on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    R.I.P OG and HERM
  • by Rabbitt Location: Williamston on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:46 PM
    Was McClees mother a school teacher? The name sounds familiar. I went to the Tyrrell Elementary school back in 1993-1995 and the name is familiar. Such a tragic accident with all that is going on now in East NC. Will be praying for the friends and family and hope the other two occupants recover well. May God be with Yall.
  • by FLOCKA Location: PEA RIDGE on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    REST IN PEACE BJ
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