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2 Triton High School students killed in Dunn wreck

Posted June 8, 2016

— An 18-year-old passenger died after a single-vehicle crash in Dunn on Tuesday night that also killed the 16-year-old driver.

Preston Wood, of Dunn, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang on Ash Avenue when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The car split into two pieces and ejected Wood, who was not wearing a seatbelt.

Family members told WRAL News that the car was a gift from Wood's grandfather.

Troopers said Wood died on impact. A passenger, identified as 18-year-old Kzon Crenshaw, of Dunn, was taken by helicopter to WakeMed in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries.

"They were like brothers. Every day, Preston came home from school, Kzon was with him," said Wood's grandmother, Willie Wood.

Tina Crenshaw, Kzon's mother, said he battled Meningitis as a 3-year-old and bone cancer at age 15.

Crenshaw said she told her son on Monday that God had a purpose for him after everything he'd endured in his life.

"That's why he kept bringing him out of all this stuff, and now for this to happen," she said. "I just don't understand. I know you're not supposed to question God, but he was my baby."

A Harnett schools spokesperson said both Wood and Crenshaw were students at Triton High School. Wood was a junior, and Crenshaw was a senior who was set to graduate on Saturday. Crenshaw planned to go to Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach after graduation.

Crenshaw's mother said cars were his passion, which is why he planned on enrolling at the Advanced Technology Institute in the fall.

Authorities said speed was a factor in the crash.


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  • Sara Hauser Jun 8, 2016
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    Sad that so many accidents happening this week that forever change things. Seat belts do save lives and so does obeying speed limits. Hoping this will impress our youth to drive safely.

  • Joe Welch Jun 8, 2016
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    Very well said.

  • Katie Miller Jun 8, 2016
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    Fast cars... Exactly! The parents should have bought him a civic or Camry. Kids can not speed in those. We have all driven too fast. Prayers to families and those involved.

  • Walter Honeycutt Jun 8, 2016
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    I am sure you were the perfect obedient child. If you weren't, then your parents were part of the stupid parent club. Regardless of the vehicle, speeding is speeding and inertia is unavoidable. I know the parents and they are not stupid. I knew Preston in his younger years. He...like every other driver......was speeding. Before you judge him and family for that, keep a watch on your own speedometer. After all, next you speed...you are affirming your own parents stupidity. .....according to your judgememtal logic.

    I pray your judgemental words do not come back to you in your life.

  • Renee Whittenton Jun 8, 2016
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    Praying for peace and God's comforting embrace for their families, friends and classmates. Such a tragedy.

  • Ann Byrd Jun 8, 2016
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    I'm sorry to say that both kids have passed. We are all devastated.

  • Perry Masonjar Jun 8, 2016
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    We can copy all of these comments and just paste them in from year to year. Every May and June we lose a few young people to acting stupid in automobiles. We like to have campaigns about everything, how about next year "no auto deaths at the end of the school year!" It could be a nationwide campaign to see if we could hit zero. I pray for peace to the families.

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 8, 2016
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    So sad. A young life lost for a single mistake. Prayers for both families

  • William Price Jun 8, 2016
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    and yet stupid parents continue to buy kids fast cars....sucks it happened but a little common sense from parents and the driver and this would not have happened...