One South Johnston High School student was killed and another suffered personal injuries in a crash on the morning of April 28.
The accident took place on Hannah Creek Road, less than a mile from the high school.
Authorities say two 16-year-old sophomore students from the high school received transport to the hospital. Jesse Ferrell was later pronounced dead. Jordan Stikeleather was released after undergoing treatment.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a red Ford F-150 driven by Stikeleather was northbound on Hannah Creek Road when it passed a car with two female students inside. The driver, Michelle Barefoot, said that she saw Stikeleather approaching "pretty fast" in her rearview mirror.
Ferrell, driving a black Chevrolet Z71 truck, then attempted to pass both Stikeleather and Barefoot's vehicles, but veered out of control. Ferrell overcorrected and collided with Stikeleather's truck. Both vehicles ran off the road and overturned into a field, causing both drivers to be ejected.
According to a trooper at the scene, Ferrell was at fault, but both he and Stikeleather were speeding and not wearing seat belts. He said that after Ferrell was ejected, Stikeleather's truck rolled over him, which was the cause of the fatal injury.
Since 2006, nearly 30 teenagers in Johnston County have died from injuries they suffered in automobile accidents. In 2008, the county started a new driver education program. The program, called Alive at 25, is a defensive driving program aimed at combating the problem of teen deaths from motor vehicle accidents.
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