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Four students injured in Nash County wreck

Posted August 26, 2009
Updated August 27, 2009

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— A wreck at the intersection of Southern Nash High and Fire Tower roads in Bailey injured four Southern Nash High School students Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

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The students were going back to campus for a soccer game against a Roanoke Rapids school when their Chevrolet TrailBlazer lost control at about 3:30 p.m., the state Highway Patrol said. Troopers also said the vehicle was traveling 80 mph in a 50 mph zone.

The vehicle flipped and caused the three passengers to be ejected from their seats. The vehicle landed between a mobile home and a trampoline.

"It sounded like a plane had crashed outside or something,” said Michelle Finch, who lives near the crash scene.

“The worst off, were right behind the car. One of them had a wrist separated. It was just a gruesome sight. One of them … had a broken leg and he was just screaming at the top of his lungs,” student Travis Lamm said.

Paramedics transported Jose Salazar, 17, and Daniel Arroyo, 17, to WakeMed. Leonicio Guerra Jr., 17, who was the driver, and Jesus Rodas, 16, were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital. The injuries consisted of possible broken bones and bruises, except for Arroyo, who suffered a collapsed lung, authorities said.

Charlene Boothe was inside the mobile home with her daughters at the time of the wreck. She said the vehicle crashed into her 17-year-old's bedroom.

"I thought it was some glass that fell or something on top of the trailer had fallen,” Boothe said.

No one was inside the bedroom.

"Blessed, thank God," Boothe said of her daughter not being injured.

The students were not wearing seat belts, and charges are pending against the driver, authorities said.

The soccer game the students were headed to was canceled due to the wreck.

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  • lakjrt Aug 28, 2009

    I'M JUST SPEAKING GENERALLY HERE!!!!!!!! BUT FOR THE MOST PART,TEENAGERS DO NOT NEED A SUV(CRAZY PARENTS,ITS NOT SPORTS CAR.BUT ANYWAY WHEN CACULATE THE ATTITUDE/INEXPERIANCE OF TEENAGERS,SUV'S, AND SPPED,WELL THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET.I "HOPE" THESE KIDS KNOWWWWW HOW LUCKY THEY ARE,ESPICALLY AFETR BEING THROWN FROM CAR.

  • bonnnie Aug 27, 2009

    I think reasons like this are why they should change the age to get a drivers license to at least 18. Sixteen is to young to have a license, most kids are not mature or responsible enough to drive.

  • superman Aug 27, 2009

    They wont learn. People have this idea that nothing happens to them and it always happens to someone else because they smarter or drive better or whatever. Crooks are the same way-- they think they the only smart people in the world. Whatever you do-- will sooner or later have consequences.

  • Professor Aug 27, 2009

    I hope this wreck slows them down.
    xxtheroadislongxx

    Sad to say this: DON'T COUNT ON IT!! IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN BEFORE THE YEARS END. SAD BUT TRUE. YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T LISTEN VERY WELL AND IN THE END THEY WISH MANY TIMES THEY DID, THOSE THAT SURVIVED THAT IS.

  • theroadislong Aug 27, 2009

    Thank God these kids are still alive. How many more kids are going to die because they were speeding? I hope this wreck slows them down.

  • Professor Aug 27, 2009

    why don't we lay the blame on the students?

    The students and especially the driver is certainly to blame. Kids should not get into a vechicle that know the driver drives wreckless. The school is not to blame.

  • Professor Aug 27, 2009

    Its amazing that these kids survive this wreck looking at the pictures. I hope the parents will show these pictures to their kids and talk to them that the consequences could have had a different picture. May this be a lesson for all young drivers. I doubt it.

  • Professor Aug 27, 2009

    I know speed was a factor. When will these young teenagers learn that speeding kills. Hopefully, in time they all will be fine. Parents you need to talk to your kids if you want to see them tomorrow and the next. Take charge today before its too late for you.

  • hjandrj Aug 27, 2009

    shoyaryt I read your post, and the "majority" of teens get their license at 16, which has a provisional for six months, meaning they cannot drive after 9:00 unless it is job related. Nor can they have more than one passenger in the car. After the six months expires, they go get the full license, with no restrictions, which allows them to drive after 9:00 as well as carry more than one passenger. If this individual did get his license at 16 and had his full license after his six months provisional expired, he did not violate any rules other than driving/riding without a seat belt and 80 in a 50, which more than likely will be cause for a huge lawsuit by the other kids' parents, and him losing his license for a year. Just pray for a full recovery for all of them.

  • Here kitty kitty Aug 27, 2009

    shoyaryt...just read your comment after I posted. That clarifies it. thanks

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