UPDATE: Funeral Plans For 13-Year-Old Killed In Wreck

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 Avenue
Washington, NC 27889

Hailey Smith's Obituary

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.



Previous Story:
A tragic pickup truck crash has claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl and left two other teens in critical condition. The Highway Patrol says Hailey Elizabeth Smith of Belhaven was killed in the Thursday night wreck.

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.


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  • by beatriz puga Location: pinetown on Mar 8, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    Dear Hailey, i realy didint know you that well but i heard alot of nice things abut u. That u never was mean to people and that u always had a smile on your face! Alot of people from Northside and Northeast miss u alot. Even Gina Roberson! We all misss u alot gurl, but everybody knows that you are in a better place now. The car accident wasnt cooper fault, he didnt killed her, the car did. But hailey family take care and i hope yall feel better. R.I.P HAILEY SMITH
  • by secert person Location: belhaven NC on Jul 3, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    hailey i miss you i love u and even though we wernt that close i remeber u laughing in class everyday never getting into drama and you were fun im gonna miss you and now your in heaven with jocelyn and everyone i miss you hailey i miss you and everyday i ask myself when will this dream end
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Hailey i cant get u off my mind everyday i think about u and ur amazing smile every day i go to class and see a picture of u with the speech u gave and i will never forget about that ither <3 you Hailey E Smith miss u alot!
  • by Bethany Location: Belhaven on Dec 11, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    Hailey was a best friend to everyone.One of the nicest people I knew. Even though i dont know Cooper I do not think he should be blamed for everything that happend.Hailey went because god wanted the most beautiful angel. Even though tears still come and somtimes i wish she was here i know she is in a better place. We still Love you Hailey!
  • by Diane Location: Washington on Dec 11, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    TO Zach's Mom:Beautifully said. My thoughts and prayers are with you & the rest of the family's. Please know that NOT everyone is judging Zach. Accidents happen bc they are what the name means: ACCIDENTS.Let the first man without sin cast the first stone. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May God be with you all and expecially Haily's parents.
  • by Sylvia- Big Sister on Dec 6, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    I just want to set something straght with all of you who want to blame someone> Guess what? It's not your place! Only God has the power to judge. And just so all of you know, we do not blame Cooper. I truly believe my sister is where she is for a reason, God has a plan for her. She would be so disappointed in the ones pointing fingers. My sisters always wore their seatbelts, and there is a reason they didn't this time. Hailey still would not be here if she did, and there would most likely be more fatalities. Many of us have taken curves too fast, and ran off the road, I don't care how old you are. It could have happened with me, as many times as they rode with me. So please stop pointing fingers. I know you all are most likely going to continue to argue with me and everyone else over this, but as the IMMEDIATE family, we do not blame Cooper, we pray for him, and you have no right --NONE-- to blame. Continue to blame all of your life, and you will be unhappy.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    I hope all the money is going to the families for the right reasons,its a shame you have to think that but trust me you do. So make sure you know where your "donation" is going people
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    It is no bodies business the condition of the other two minors involved.I am sure the family would like some privacy and consideration at this time. Their most definatly should be some charges filed against the driver, this is not his first accident.
  • by Concerned Location: Belhaven,NC on Dec 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    Isn't it funny people will turn a blind eye to punishment when its one of there friends. Lets ignore the law infractions and say its ok cause he is our friend.
  • by Ashley on Dec 2, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    Concerned Citizen 1 and 2, Yes the boy might have been speeding but there no right for yall to judge him when you don't know him.Smith family has to live without and the boy has to live with it for the rest of his life.That's punishment enough.
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