A senior Chapel Hill High School student and football player died of the personal injuries he sustained on November 16, after another vehicle sideswiped the car he was riding in before fleeing the scene, according to a North Carolina State Trooper.
According to Trooper T.S. Wright, 17-year-old Chapel Hill resident Rodney Torain Jr. died in the back seat of a 2003 Nissan after a small sedan that was passing the vehicle struck it on Old Greensboro road, shortly before 4 a.m. After being sideswiped, the Nissan ran off the right side of the road before crossing back over to the left shoulder and crashing into a tree. Both vehicles were eastbound at the time.
According to Wright, the Nissan’s driver, 18-year-old Ashley Bynum, and a passenger, 17-year-old Laticia Farrington, were taking Torain home when they noticed that the sedan, with several men inside, was closely following them. Shortly afterward, the frightened teenagers turned, and then the sedan accelerated past them, striking the Nissan on the driver’s side in the process.
Wright said that Bynum and Farrington were both wearing seat belts, but Torain was not. Bynum and Farrington received transport to UNC Hospitals for treatment for their injuries. Wright said that none of the teens had been drinking.
Torain is the second football player from Chapel Hill High that has died this year. Shortly after a football scrimmage on August 12, 17-year-old senior Atlas Fraley died of unknown medical causes.