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Students Killed in Albermarle Car Accident


Posted on Dec 08, 2008

Three Albemarle seniors were killed in a serious car cash on Thursday, July 24. The students were traveling south on North Carolina Highway 138 near Kimberly Road. According to NC Highway Troopers, the driver of the car, Tevis Swearingen, 17, and overcorrected after going into a curve too fast. An oncoming pickup truck carrying one passenger collided with the out-of-control car, hitting it on the passenger side. The driver of the car, along with passengers Justin Cowan and Andrico Lilly, also 17, all died at the scene of the accident.

When NC police officers and paramedics arrived at the scene, they immediately extracted DeAngelo Martin, 18, the only victim still breathing at the crash site. He was then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) where he remains in critical condition. The truck driver, 16-year-old Matthew Rinehardt, was taken to Stanly Regional where he has been treated and released with minor injuries.

Officers at the scene believe that speeding was a factor in the crash. They estimated that the vehicle was driving 80-85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Speeding is the top cause of North Carolina car accidents. Injuries in high-speed accidents are often much more severe if not fatal. 

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