TROOPERS: Student Late For School Crashes Pickup Truck

Troopers say a high school student running late for school Monday morning struck a tree a half-mile from the school.

The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. on Slatestone Road in Beaufort County, that's near Washington High School.

Troopers say the 16-year-old boy was driving between 65 and 70 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone when he ran off the road, and over-corrected. The pickup went airborne and hit a tree. The teen was thrown through the driver's window upon impact. EMS workers told troopers the driver was in stable condition before being taken to Beaufort County Medial Center.

The Highway Patrol says they're looking at possible charges of speeding and a seat belt violation against the teen.


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  • by Washington on Jun 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Goose....nobody said that they were'nt worried for this child. I pray that he pulls through. I as well have a sixteen year old in Washington High School and I would be tore all to peices if it were my child. BUT...seriously get your panties out of a bind!
  • by momof3 Location: SQ on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM
    The young man is probably very shaken up as I am sure his parents are. Please pray for them and also pray that this is a lesson learned.
  • by Goose Location: Belhaven/Greenville on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Can we not say we hope this kid lives? Not bash Beaufort County? I am from there and teenagers will be teens. We have all been late to school before and we drive a little faster. This kid just took it took quick... I hope this kids lives
  • by ???? Location: Williamston on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    TO: Robert and Washington::: AMEN !!!!I agree with both of you. I go to Greenville only in a "have to" situation.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    To Washington, I live just across the county line in Pitt Co., but do 99.9% of everything I do in Washington because of excactley what you said. I would rather drive in Raliegh than Greenville.
  • by Geez on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    It isn't a matter of who is teaching these kids to drive. They think they know more than the teacher and it bites them in the butt sometimes!
  • by Washington on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Please God tell me that someone from G'ville isn't trying to give out driving lessons! That's the pot call'n the kettle black.
  • by Caring mom and teacher Location: Washington on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    Please teach your children to wear their seatbelts and drive the speed limit! This is the second Beaufort County young man in two weeks involved in an accident where excessive speed and seat belt violations were major factors. It's our job as adults to model the correct behaviors and help teach our young people how to be safe drivers. We don't want them to pay for our lack of guidance with their lives!
  • by G'ville on Jun 1, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Who in the world is teaching these teens how to drive in Beaufort County? They have more then their share of incidents that are the result of speeding. SLOW DOWN!
  • by local Location: Washington on Jun 1, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    I came upon the scene just after it happened -dust was still flying. I don't see how he could have hit a tree unless he went top-over toward the trees lining the road and the roof impacted one before settling. The truck was right side up facing back toward the road. It looked more like he could've lost control, gone down into the ditch and flipped it over and around. Hopefully the teen was uninjured. Another reminder to slow down...life is better than a tardy slip!
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