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Four killed in collision with Robeson school bus

Posted November 17, 2014

— A speeding car crashed head-on into a Robeson County school bus Monday morning, killing all four people in the car, authorities said.

No students were on the bus at the time.

Robeson County deputies were following the Nissan Maxima after getting a call about a suspicious vehicle, according Lt. Jeff Gordon, spokesman for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash. The person who reported the vehicle to authorities also was following it, he said.

Although deputies didn't engage in a pursuit, Gordon said, the Maxima was traveling at 80 mph in a 55-mph zone when the crash occurred at about 10:15 a.m. in the 2900 block of Wire Grass Road, south of Lumberton.

"They were in the area behind the citizen who made the call. By the time they got around the curve, the vehicle had already hit the bus head on," he said. "I don't know the specifics as why they looked suspicious. I think they were seen within the community driving around, but as far as what was the suspicion about, I don't know."

The force of the collision caused the car to split into three sections. Passengers Tylek McNair, 18, and Kashawn Leonard, 19, both of Fairmont, and Daylon Cummings, 15, of Rowland, were all thrown from the vehicle. The Maxima's driver, Kadaufei Worley, 16, of Lumberton, was wearing a seat belt, and his body was found inside the mangled wreckage.

Worley was a junior at South Robeson High School, where Cummings was a freshman. McNair was a senior at Fairmont High School, where Leonard was a 2014 graduate.

Authorities initially said the four teens were suspects in a breaking-and-entering case, but the Robeson County Sheriff's Office has provided no information confirming that.

The school bus was headed from Fairmont High School to the bus maintenance shop for some work when the crash occurred, said Tasha Oxendine, a spokeswoman for Robeson County Schools.

A maintenance worker, Kinyata Locklear, 36, of Maxton, was the only person aboard, Oxendine said. He suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transferred from Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton to Duke University Hospital in Durham for treatment.


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  • Melissa Townsend Nov 18, 2014
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    They don't know why the vehicle looked suspicious? The operator who took the call didn't ASK why the car looked suspicious? I can't imagine we have the resources to sent police to check out every "suspicious" vehicle if the caller can't articulate the reason for suspicion, such as driving erratically, stopping frequently, looks like school kids horsing around. I don't think we have the whole story here.

  • ok_then Nov 18, 2014

    So glad the guy on the bus was ok. Don't feel sorry for the four in the car.. bad decision = bad out come sometimes (which would be their fault BTW....) I do however feel bad for the families.

  • Melissa Townsend Nov 18, 2014
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    It is sad that four teenagers are deceased as a result of their own foolish choices, but the man driving the bus is the true innocent victim here. At the ages these people were, they are old enough to know better, and it is their families I feel sorry for. Their behavior was risky and blew up in their faces. Plain and simple. They get little sympathy from me. Their families, however, get plenty.

  • Tar Heels Victory V2 Nov 18, 2014

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    Do you have the toxicology report, to prove this?

  • Tar Heels Victory V2 Nov 18, 2014

    They were never suspects, in any crime, according to the Highway Patrol. I am unsure why they were going so fast. Tragic.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 18, 2014

    Poor bus...

  • imtiredofit Nov 18, 2014

    Some missing information in this story, like why at least 2 of the kids were not in school? The 16 year old was the driver, isn't it the law in NC that 16 year olds are not supposed to be driving with multiple passengers? Also who owns the car? And finally, what was the suspicious behavior that warranted a call to the police?

  • jackaroe123 Nov 18, 2014

    Two minors were killed in this wreck, and the circumstances surrounding it have been watered down: It was now merely a "suspicious" vehicle, not necessarily one involved in theft, and there was no police pursuit for them to have been fleeing from.

    A lot of people here ought to be ashamed of their posts lamenting damage to inanimate things and anything but the 4 deceased.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 18, 2014

    Sad stuff. You really have to be going fast to hurt anyone on a bus. Those things are built like tanks. Prayers to the bus driver.

  • LocalYokel Nov 18, 2014

    Thanks for providing pictures of the property damage from the wreck.

    The pictures serve as a reminder of what can happen if people drive badly.