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Brother of Raleigh girl found dead after car crash dies

Posted May 1

— A Raleigh man, who bought alcohol for his teen sister who was found dead a day after she was involved in a car crash, died Saturday from injuries he suffered while attempting to take his own life.

Last month, authorities determined Nicholas Scott Jenkins, 23, bought alcohol for Lauren Maria Jenkins, 17, and two friends before the March 17 crash.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Friday that the county would not pursue charges against Nicholas Jenkins.

"These are difficult cases," Freeman said. "This is not inconsistent with how we handle other cases where a close relative has died and potential charges do not rise above a level of a misdemeanor."

Trooper D. Gray said Lauren Jenkins failed to yield as she attempted to make a left turn from Leesville Road onto Oneal Road and pulled in front of a car driven by Carly Brown. Gray said Brown told him Jenkins appeared to be injured as she and another girl in her car walked and then ran off after the crash.

Although investigators have not determined whether Jenkins' drinking contributed to the crash, Gray told a state Alcohol Law Enforcement investigator that he found a bottle of cognac in the car at the scene.

An application for a warrant to search Lauren Jenkins' iPhone says Gray obtained video of her "and several other youthful looking individuals in a hotel room consuming from what appeared to Hennessy Cognac and Cruzan Rum."


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  • Jim Halbert May 7, 6:54 p.m.
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    I thought it was pretty obvious that this phrasing meant he wasn't immediately successful, but the injuries inflicted upon himself during the attempt caused him to die some time after the attempt. Either way, the "factual event" seems to have been reported well enough. Not sure you've added anything of value with your overly sensitive journalism critique.

  • Catherine Edwards May 3, 6:00 p.m.
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    I can't imagine losing 2 children like this. My heart goes out to the family.

  • D. Aaron Hill May 3, 4:38 p.m.
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    They tried that, surprisingly the results were just as bad if not worse

  • Rick Grooms May 3, 2:17 p.m.
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    My sympathies to the family. But, from a journalistic standpoint the reporting is avoiding the factual event. WRAL reports that he "died Saturday from injuries he suffered while attempting to take his own life." Isn't this what's called suicide? Sounds as if he were successful?

  • Andy Jackson May 1, 7:32 p.m.
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    Another tragedy for this family; my prayers go out to them.

  • Tom Bundick May 1, 7:28 p.m.
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    I hope the young man didn't read the hateful comments that were posted about him after the other articles on this sad story.

  • Rhonda Arthur May 1, 4:17 p.m.
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    Now the parents have lost another child. Alcohol should be outlawed. Nothing good comes from it.

  • Lynn Wilhelm May 1, 4:09 p.m.
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    This has been such a tragic story. So sorry for the family.