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NEW INFO: Chased car going 110 mph before crashing into pond, killing four

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 11:26 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 2:13 PM EDT
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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The Highway Patrol now says a woman was driving a car that was involved in a high-speed chase that ended up submerged in a pond, killing four people.

Jordan Southers and three of her passengers were killed in the February 1st crash.

Troopers said the 20-year-old woman from Angier was speeding on Highway 24 in Duplin County late at night. The chase went through Kenansville and onto Highway 11 North. They said it ended at the Highway 903 intersection when Southers went straight across the highway, became airborne, and landed upside down in the pond.

Four people were killed late Monday night.
Four people were killed late Monday night.(Google)

The accident report said Southers was traveling up to 110 miles per hour with her headlights turned off during the chase. When her car hit a fence post and became airborne they estimate it was going 70 miles per hour. The report says the car was in the air for some 132 feet before it hit the water.

Also killed in the crash were Geavon Myles, 17, of Magnolia, Tavius Carroll, 21, of Dunn, and Amanda Serrano-Garcia, of Lillington. Darien Gayle, 20, of Dunn, was the only person inside to make it out alive.

Drugs were found in the vehicle, as Gayle is facing three drug-related charges.

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The Highway Patrol has released the identities of the people killed following a high-speed chase in Duplin County.

Officials say that Jordan Southers, 20, of Angier, Geavon Myles, 17, of Magnolia, Tavius Carroll, 21, of Dunn, and Amanda Serrano-Garcia, of Lillington, were found dead inside of the vehicle that crashed into a pond and submerged.

Troopers say that Darien Gayle, 20, of Dunn, made it out of the vehicle before it submerged and was rescued after the pursuing trooper threw a rope to the man.

The Highway Patrol says investigators are working to determine the seating positions of those inside the Ford passenger vehicle at the time of the wreck.

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The Highway Patrol has provided preliminary investigation details into a chase that turned fatal for four people overnight in Duplin County.

First Sergeant Christopher Knox says that a trooper tried to stop a Ford passenger vehicle for speeding on Highway 24 in Duplin County around 10:13 p.m. on Monday.

Knox says the chase went through Kenansville on Highway 24 and eventually turned onto Highway 11 North. Right passed Keith Kennedy’s home.

“A siren coming by woke me up because I was asleep,” said Kennedy. “Most of the time, it’s local people that just make mistakes. But I understand these people were not familiar with the area and were probably exceeding the speed limit and couldn’t stop.”

The trooper chased the vehicle to the intersection of Highway 11 and 903 and says the car drove through a stop sign.

Officials say it ran off the roadway, hit a fence, then traveled into a pond where it quickly submerged in around 15 feet of water.

Knox says the trooper threw a rescue rope into the water which was able to help save one person who was able to get out before the car submerged.

“I’m not being cold-hearted, but it’s a job,” said Thomas Whitman, the tow truck driver who pulled the car out. “I have to do my job and that’s that’s where I have to stand on it or else it gets to me.”

That person was taken to Vidant Duplin with minor injuries and has been released.

Officials say after a lengthy recovery mission by Duplin County Search & Rescue and a local tow company, the car was pulled from the pond where four bodies were discovered inside.

The Highway Patrol’s Collision Reconstruction Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.

Duplin County emergency officials say four people have died after a high speed chase Monday night.

We were originally told four people were in the car, but officials now say there were five. Only one survived.

They say the car ended up submerged in a pond at the intersection of the Kenansville bypass and Highway 11 north of Kenansville.

Authorities say the vehicle was on Highway 11 and when it came to the intersection with the four-lane highway it went straight across and into the pond on the other side of the highway.

Officials have not said what sparked the chase and have not released the names of those involved.

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Duplin County emergency officials say there are “multiple fatalities” after a car ended up in a pond during a chase.

County officials say it happened at the intersection of the Kenansville bypass and Highway 11 north of Kenansville.

WITN is working to find out exactly how many people were killed.

A high speed chase has ended after a crash, leaving the vehicle upside down and completely submerged in a pond.

Duplin County officials say the crash happened at the intersection of the Kenansville bypass and NC Highway 11 north of Kenansville. We’re told multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to the wreck, and that one person has been rescued. Four others remain trapped inside of the vehicle which responders say is no longer visible.

Divers from the Duplin County Search and Rescue team have been called in to assist. We have reached out to State Highway Patrol for more information on what happened.

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