Troopers: He Looked Down To Get A Cell Phone

A 16-year-old out of Bertie County has died after he got into a car accident Friday.

It happened just before 9am that morning. Highway patrol says 16-year-old Mark Eric Baggett Jr was driving his pick-up truck along RP 1304 when he over corrected the steering wheel.

He would go off the road to the right and hit a culvert pipe and a mailbox. His vehicle would over turn and come to rest on it's top.

A spokesperson for Highway Patrol says Baggett Jr was looking down to get a cell phone when the accident happened.

Sgt. M.W. Warren says Baggett Jr was traveling 70 miles an hour in a 55.

Warren says Baggett Jr was not wearing his seat belt.

Baggett Jr.'s 16-year-old passenger had no life threatening injuries. He is 16 as well.


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  • by Lexi Location: dixieland on Jun 18, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Eric was my best friend. I loved him so much and miss him alot. I knwo his parents are still going through a hard time even though it's been over 2 months. It's still hard for me. What happened to Eric was an accident. It was just his time to go even though its hard to realy believe. I know I still can't believe it sometimes. I love and Miss you Eric. You were a great person with a stupendous personality. You ar missed greately. Love you. R.I.P Mark Eric Bagget Jr.
  • by a'lizbeth Location: missin carolina on Apr 15, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    eric will be missed by everyone in the community. (responding to leo, EVERYONE KNOWS ERIC WONT HAVE THE CHANCE TO TELL WHAT HAPPNED DONT REMIND US)
  • by Tracy Location: Bertie on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    First of all, I think people need to get the facts straight before they start critcizing someone. The officer never said Eric was going 70. Matter of fact he said there was no speed involved. Response to Leo uncompassionate remark, I think that was very cold aboutthe remark Eric being not able to say what happened. Be considerate of his family and friends. Yes maybe he made a mistake. So who is perfect? Only God knows what really happened in that truck. Leave the boy alone and let his family mourn in peace. Eric was a happy, friendly boy who loved everyone and loved God. He will be missed by all of his friends, family, and teachers. Leave the boy that was riding with him alone also. He is having a hard enough time with the fact he lost his best friend. We love you, Eric!!
  • by CHAD JOHNSON Location: BERTIE on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    ERIC WAS A GOOD BOY AND HR LOVED TO PLAY BASEBALL AND HE WAS VERY FUNNEY
  • by Marcie Location: Askewville on Apr 13, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    Eric was always full of life and loved to make people laugh. He will be missed very much by his friends and teachers. Prayers go to the family. Eric meant so much to so many people.
  • by Cat on Apr 12, 2010 at 09:08 PM
    Eric was a wonderful kid to be around. He was the joy in everyones day. As for the comments that some of you are making ~~~ think back to the day when we had not automobiles, accidents like this were not in anyones thoughts. If a tradegy saves the life of one person then GOD's ultimate plan worked!!!! As for the speed ~~~ duhhh???? ever heard of panicking and instead of applying the brake (it was a manual transmission) you press the gas???!!!! YOU and I don't know, the trooper can only use technology and theory but even he doesn't know. You need to KNOW all the facts about the whole situations before you make comments on something that you know NOTHING about. May GOD bless this family with love, peace, and comfort them in the days to come.
  • by Leo's right on Apr 12, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    Sometimes we make wrong decisions and have the opportunity to learn from them next time. Unfortunately, Eric won't have that opportunity. But he's in a much better place with the angels now. Rest in peace, Eric.
  • by Theresa on Apr 12, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    To the family of this young man. I do not know any of you but I am heartbroken over your loss. I lost my daughter just over a year ago and I know the excruciating pain you are feeling. I am so very sorry. My prayers will be with you for a long time to come. To the other mother and fathers out there, love and cherish your child every day. Kiss them and tell them you love them. None of us are immune to this type of tragedy.
  • by Kimberly Johnson Location: Pitt Memorial on Apr 12, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    Debra, My heart truely goes out to you and your husband. It is the hardest thing for any parent can go through. If there is any one piece of advice that I can give is that you have to believe that it was God's will and God never makes a mistake. As you know my son is still in the hospital after three months. He wants everyone to know that the last thing anyone should due is lay blame. We may not know why God called Erik home but we do know that God knows what is best. We loved Erik very much and he was a very good friend to my son and had one of the best mom's and dad's anyone could ask for. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you both. If you happen to read this please call me anytime and I pray that God will mend your hearts because I know that it is broke in a million pieces.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Apr 12, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    I agree with Edna. We all make mistakes everyday. my prayers are with all invilved.
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