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Two Fayetteville Teens Dead After Alleged Drunk Driving Accident


Posted on Aug 31, 2011

A car filled with North Carolina teenagers crashed and flipped early on Saturday morning after what appeared to be a night of underaged drinking and partying. The community is struggling with the loss of two young women, while police are investigating where the teens acquired alcohol and whether or not the driver of the car, 17-year-old Bryanna Hamilton of Fayetteville, was drunk.

Killed in the crash were 18-year-old Cheyenna Cummings of Hope Mills and 16-year-old Denzel Graves of Spring Lake. A number of other teens in the car, 19-year-old Alya Shaw of Fayetteville, 17-year-old Benyetta Nicholas 14-year-old Isaiah Nicholas of Spring Lake and 18-year-old Chyna Harris of Spring Lake, suffered a range of injuries. Both Cummings and graves were ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. Graves died at the scene of the accident, while Cummings suffered a severe head injury and was taken off life support in the days after the crash.

Police say that Hamilton admitted to drinking that night, had bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol. She did not have a driver’s license. The group of teens had been to a variety of places and parties that night, though it is not clear if any adults knew that the minors were drinking or where the teens got their alcohol.

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