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Jack Britt High student killed when car overturns

Posted June 5, 2011

— A Jack Britt High School sophomore died when the car he was driving overturned along a Fayetteville road early Sunday, police said.

His parents said that Ronald Leith "Chino" Williams, 16, took his older sister's car keys around 1 a.m. and went for a ride with his friend and neighbor, 15-year-old Mytrez Marsh.

Williams lost control while driving north along Lakewood Drive, near Middleton Court, around 1:30 a.m., police said. His car ran off the right side of the road and flipped over. Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

Williams suffered critical injuries and died at the scene, police said. Marsh was treated and released from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

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Williams' parents said their son was a good child who made a bad decision.

"My son was a good kid. Besides me missing him, I know he's in a better place," said Williams' father, Ronald Williams.

He said that Williams played varsity football and basketball at Jack Britt and had aspirations to join the NBA. 

"I miss him. I miss him already," Ronald Williams said. "They said he was lying in the street with a white sheet over him. It just rocked me."


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  • mrsalstond79 Jun 6, 2011

    We are so sorry for your lose. Please know that you and the family are in our prayers. Chino is in a good place and will always be looking down on his family. Continue to be strong and always know that your "92 Get Downs" are here for you. Take care and God Bless.

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  • h3ardita11b4 Jun 6, 2011

    keeping the family in my thoughts. rip, young man.

  • pebbles262004 Jun 6, 2011

    So sorry for your loss...this has been a really bad weekend for 6 different families...all of your are in my prayers.

  • sayitoutloud Jun 6, 2011

    I dont think he was out b/c his parents allowed him to. From watching the video, it sounds like he took the keys in the middle of the night.

  • TeresaBee Jun 6, 2011

    Those poor parents got the knock on the door thinking ALL their children were safe in the home. So tragic.

  • alleycat Jun 6, 2011

    This has got to hurt those left behind. Its not natural for a parent to bury a child. Maybe we should look at raising the driving age to 18 in NC. So many young teens are not ready for the responsibility of driving at 16

  • YNCSW51 Jun 6, 2011

    Prayers are with the family at this time.

  • lovinlife2010 Jun 6, 2011

    Some of you need to re-read this story and realize that this boy TOOK the keys to his sister's car and went for a joy ride! It seems, from the article, that he wasn't given permission to leave the house!! Everyone is so quick to judge the parents in this situation as if they handed the boy the keys and said, "go drive around at 1am!" ... It's what teenagers do ... and if you are a parent that thinks your kid doesn't, i've got news for you ... your naive and WRONG!

  • carolinagirl39 Jun 6, 2011

    LifeLiving and Gadwal1.. I dont think the parents gave their son permission to go joy riding at 1:30 am first because the comment was that he "TOOK" his sisters car; not borrowed.I can remember taking the car when I shouldnt have, thankfully the worst that happened was I got it stuck in the mud near the pond in our backyard. Maybe your youtful indiscretion didnt cost someone their life but you dont grow without making mistakes. Perhaps this lesson will save the life of his friend or others young and old. My prayers go out to the families of both of these young men as well as the survivor. He will have to live with watching his friend die for the rest of his life. We often think we have one more day, nothing will happen to us. Kids now days drive faster, experience life faster than we or our parents did.. Sad..