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Heritage High student killed in Wake Forest crash

Posted September 29, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014

Editor's Note: WRAL originally reported that Faith Rock would be cited for failure to yield. She was not cited in this crash.

A Heritage High School student died early Monday in a three-car crash on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest, authorities said.

The crash occurred at the Caveness Farms Avenue intersection shortly after 7 a.m.

According to the State Highway Patrol, a 1997 Saab carrying four Heritage High students was making a left turn into a shopping center when their car was hit by a northbound Honda driven by a Wake Forest High School student.

Braden Rock, 15, the brother of the Saab's driver, 17-year-old Faith Rock, was killed, according to the Highway Patrol.

Two other students in the car, Skyla Kirby and Katie Williams. both 16, were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, as were Rock and the Wake Forest High student, Oscar Rodriguez-Villa, 17. By later afternoon, Rodriguez-Villa had been released from the hospital. Rock and Williams were listed in fair condition; Kirby was still in serious condition.

Kirby's aunt said that the four Heritage High students were on their way to school after an early-morning scriptures study at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wake Forest.

The driver of the third car that was hit wasn't injured, authorities said.

The Highway Patrol said Faith Rock's failure to yield to oncoming traffic was a contributing factor in the crash. Troopers were meeting with meeting with Wake County prosecutors to discuss potential criminal charges.

Grief counselors were at both schools on Monday, where teachers broke the news of the fatal crash to students.

"I heard a lot of crying outside of the classroom," Heritage High student Laura Munoz said. "It was quiet in mine."

Northbound lanes of Capital Boulevard were closed for more than three hours after the crash, reopening shortly before 10:30 a.m.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 1, 2014

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    Who said anything about censoring free speech? Now, humor me for a minute...

    If a policeman was at this scene before this happened...and he could have prevented this from happening...but did not... what would you think about him/her? Actually, would s/he even keep their job?...and stay out of jail? Do you understand this parallel construct?

  • Gatsby Sep 29, 2014

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    Agree about drivers ed being to light a course but just because 16 has always been the age does not mean its acceptable today. The area has grown so much and now has over 1 million residents on over crowded roadways which puts these Kids in very difficult situations.
    Want to know the #1 killer of teens according top cdc? You got it ....Auto accidents

  • 5GDad Sep 29, 2014

    hmm. There is alot to say about this tragedy. First, my deepest sympathy for all families. I just read all the comments so far and I'd like to put my opinion into the mix. 1. That crossover should be closed today. 2. There is alot of speculation as to why there are more accidents. Here is a fact. We have more people in the area from up north than we have ever had in the past.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Sep 29, 2014
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    I'm sick reading this. Between this accident, the one in Cary where the young lady died, the Wendell boy killed by a hit and run driver waiting for his bus, and the Rolesville high football player dying today after collapsing on Friday, it's just so horrible. All these beautiful lives cut short and their loved ones having to go on without them. It's gotten to where I'm afraid to let my teens out of the house.

  • btneast Sep 29, 2014

    16 is too young to drive...Way too young and the recent tragedies only serve as proof. I would tell this young lady that even though She was legally allowed to drive She was just a child in the mist of a steep maturing curve placed in a terrible situation. Well, 16 has been the age to drive for way longer than any of us have been alive. It was actually younger than that in many states. Its a parent's responsibility to limit passengers and what kind of situation a 16 year old is placed in. It's also a parent's responsibility to train their child to drive, which is why there is a year long permit period. Too many parent's rely solely on drivers ed to tech their child to drive, which is foolish.

  • USMC Vet Sep 29, 2014

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    They went to church before heading to school. I doubt a public school bus would have taken them to church first.

    And with all the bullying that we read in the news goes on unchecked on public school buses and in public schools, I'm not sure they're any safer.

  • USMC Vet Sep 29, 2014

    Oh God, her brother died. What a burden to be saddled with for the rest of her life.
    Prayers for her and for the others who loved Braden, and for the healing of the others injured.

  • jackaroe123 Sep 29, 2014

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    I'm not sure about how those changes have affected anything, but when I was 16 you could get your license and drive any distance at any time w/ any number of people in your car. Now you have to have your permit for a full year before you get your license and there are all kinds of steps/restrictions before you are a fully independent driver. Those changes have been very positive and smart, though that's no real consolation on a sad occasion like today.

  • Tarheel Takeover Sep 29, 2014

    Praying for the another family who has lost their child too early. Lets just let all kids ride the school bus until after they graduate. Kids aren't ready for the road or the distractions and everything else that comes with driving.

  • Gatsby Sep 29, 2014

    16 is too young to drive...Way too young and the recent tragedies only serve as proof. I would tell this young lady that even though She was legally allowed to drive She was just a child in the mist of a steep maturing curve placed in a terrible situation. I know the pain will follow her through life but the guilt should not. There should be laws to protect these Kids (and us) from themselves.