Police said that Kernersville man died on October 14 from the serious personal injuries he sustained in an October 9 automobile accident.
On the day of the accident, 19-year-old Reiss Payne was riding in the back of a pickup truck when the operator lost control and the vehicle overturned at Lambeth Farm Lane and Lake Way.
Payne received transport to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead five days later at 4:15 a.m.
Police charged the truck’s driver, 21-year-old Kory Michael Fisher, with DWI and felony serious injury by vehicle.
According to an interview Payne’s mother, Dawn Smith, gave FOX8, Fisher was “drifting,” which caused the accident.
Drifting is a driving technique used in some forms of motorsports in which a driver intentionally over steers, resulting in the rear wheels losing traction through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed.