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High School Student Charged In Accident That Killed Friend


A high school student has been charged in the weekend crash that killed a classmate and injured two others.

The Highway Patrol says Marquise Brown turned himself in Wednesday and went before a magistrate who released him to the supervision of his father.

Trooper Tim Silance says Brown, who is 17, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, reckless driving, exceeding safe speed for conditions and a violation of his provisional license.

The trooper says the crash happened around 4:15 a.m. Sunday on Rocky Run Road in Onslow County.

The Highway Patrol says Brown's car was going between 70 and 75 miles per hour in the 55 mile per hour zone when it ran off the road, vaulted across a creek, and hit a tree.

White Oak High School freshman Zachary Aldrich, 15, was killed in the crash. His funeral will be Saturday morning in Jacksonville.


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The life of a local high school freshman that was killed in a car crash will be honored Saturday.

A memorial service for 15-year-old Zachary Aldrich is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Aldrich was a White Oak High School freshman who was killed in a car wreck early Sunday morning on Rocky Run Road in Onslow County.

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A crisis team is at one local high school after a 15-year-old was killed in a weekend crash, with three classmates in the car.

White Oak High School freshman Zachary Aldrich, 15, was killed in the 4:15 a.m. Sunday crash on Rocky Run Road in Onslow County.

Troopers say Marquice Brown's car was going between 70 and 75 miles per hour in the 55 mile per hour zone when it ran off the road, vaulted across a creek, and hit a tree.

The 17-year-old hasn't been charged in the crash as he remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Two other 16-year-olds were in the back seat and are okay, according to troopers.

The Highway Patrol says alcohol was not involved and all four teens were wearing their seat belts.


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