A high school auditorium will be the site of a funeral for a 13-year-old girl killed in a wreck last week.
Hailey Smith of Belhaven will be laid to rest this Friday. Her funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Northside High School in the Beaufort County town of Pinetown. Her family will be receiving visitors from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, and the funeral will be followed by a private burial, according to Smith's obituary.
One of Smith's pallbearers will be Zach Burbage, who was also involved in the fatal wreck last Thursday. He was treated and released from Pungo District Hospital.
It's not clear whether Smith's older sister will attend the funeral Friday. 17-year-old Katelyn Smith suffered critical injuries in the same wreck, as did 14-year-old Matthew Greene. The current conditions of the teens are no longer available to the media.
A special website has been set up in Smith's honor. Click here to view the site.
In lieu of flowers the Smith Family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Hailey Smith Memorial Fund, First South Bank, c/o Bambi Cox, 1311 Carolina Ave., Washington, NC 27889.
Click the link below to view Smith's obituary.
Smith was an 8th grader at Northeast Elementary School where counselors are on hand.
Troopers say the wreck happened on Pamlico Beach Rd. near Wilkins Rd. in southeastern Beaufort County. The Highway Patrol says the wreck happened just before 9 p.m. Earlier reports said the wreck was reported just before 11 p.m.
The Highway Patrol says there were six teens from Belhaven in the 2001 Ford pickup truck that crashed. The truck was driven by 16-year-old Cooper Greer, who was transported to Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven. Zachary Burbage, who is 15 years old, and 14-year-old Rhea Anne Woolard were also transported to Pungo District Hospital.
Two others in the truck received more serious injuries, including the sister of the girl killed.
Troopers say 17-year-old Katelyn Smith and 14-year-old Matthew Greene were transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The Highway Patrol says those teens are in critical condition, while the others have been released from Pungo District Hospital. On Monday morning, the conditions of Katelyn Smith and Greene were not available to the media.
Sgt. Tim Crumpler with the Highway Patrol says none of the teens were wearing seat belts.
The scene of the accident was near a sharp curve in the road. Sgt. Crumpler says it appears Greer was driving too fast for the curve, ran off the road to the right and then overcorrected, which helped send the truck into a roll. The truck rolled over on the road itself, not the ditch. Crumpler says a rollover on a roadway is more violent than one in a ditch, since the asphalt does not cushion the impact at all.
Three teens were seated in the front seat, and the other three were in the backseat inside the pickup truck's cab. Hailey was sitting in the backseat in the middle.
The Highway Patrol says they don't have information on where the teens were going or coming from.
North Carolina has laws concerning graduated licenses, which gradually grant more freedom to drivers. Sgt. Crumpler says Greer had completed his level two provisional license time, which means he has no restrictions on the number of passengers he can have in his car, along with no curfew.
No charges have been filed. Sgt. Crumpler says the Highway Patrol will consult with the district attorney regarding possible charges.