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Men charged in 2016 hit-and-run that killed 2 Harnett County teens

Posted April 6
Updated April 7

— Two men were charged Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left two Harnett County teenagers dead last year.

According to investigators, Jennafer Schark, 13, and Kyle Strait, 16, both of Broadway, and Steven Daniels, 14, of Sanford, were walking home from a gas station about a half-mile away from Strait’s home on Jan. 16, 2016, when they were hit on U.S. Highway 421.

Schark and Strait were both pronounced dead at the scene, and Daniels was critically injured.

Schark's sister, Jessyca, was with the group at the time of the crash and said that a white truck came up behind them and swerved off the road before striking the teens and speeding away. She also described the truck as having a loud exhaust pipe.

The driver of that truck, Davis Christian Stewart, 21, of Lillington, and passenger Donald Conrad Crounse, 20, of Raleigh, were each charged with two counts of hit and run causing death or serious bodily injury, one count of felony hit and run causing injury, altering and removing evidence, conspiracy to alter or remove evidence, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Crounse also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit felony hit and run.

Janice Schark, Jennafer's mother, said she will always re-live that January night.

"They took a piece of me," she said. “They destroyed two families and nothing is ever going to be the same, never going to be the same.”

"That was the hardest day of my life that night, and I keep seeing it in my head. That doesn't make it any easier."

She gives investigators on the case all the credit, and she said she wants the story to end with some justice.

“They may not have seen those kids faces, but they will see mine,” she said.

According to Sgt. Michael Baker with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Crounse was in custody at the Harnett County Sheriff's Office and Stewart was in California, awaiting extradition to North Carolina.


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  • Melissa Phillips Apr 7, 10:36 p.m.
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    Always someone who blames the victims. SMH.

  • Jj Parker Apr 7, 9:10 a.m.
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    Ansleigh Page. Are you really that dumb?

  • Larry Price Apr 7, 7:32 a.m.
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    He was identified by police as the driver in the collision. Pretty good source.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 7, 1:02 a.m.
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    Ansleigh Page, The conclusion that I came to is based on the "conspiracy to commit felony hit and run" charge, as well as the sister's remarks about the truck swerving and speeding up. If you read the article, and the link to the original article, I'm sure that it would give you some insight into my reasoning. Perhaps you interpret it differently, but your remark about the victims right to be walking down a roadway at night, and the parents not being 'decent' tells me a lot about your perception and your personal judgement. Leaving the scene of the impact, with careless disregard for 3 human bodies in the road doesn't make the driver/passenger appear innocent, along with covering up evidence. But, please, tell us again how it's the victims parents fault. Smh

  • Leslie Van Der Have Apr 6, 11:41 p.m.
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    How does WRAL know that this was "the driver of that truck," as you pronounce? I hope for the sake of the victims' families that they have the right people, but don't we still have a presumption of innocence in this country?

  • Robert Jones Apr 6, 10:00 p.m.
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    Lets pretend we didn't know what age they were and just left it at 3 people were hit by 2 people in a truck who then fled the scene in a cowardly manor. There's no where to lay blame, but please by all means offer more expert opinions about a situation you literally know nothing about.

  • Rod Runner Apr 6, 9:32 p.m.
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    It was a Saturday and it was 11:15pm about a half mile from home. Neither that late nor inappropriate for a Saturday.

    You're really going with blaming the parents for this? Horrible.

  • Ansleigh Page Apr 6, 8:44 p.m.
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    that is so ridiculous that you would come to that conclusion based on this article alone, let's think about the fact that if those kids had even half way decent parents they would have never been walking along the side of a main highway so late at night.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 6, 6:14 p.m.
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    From the article, it sounds like the driver hit the kids on purpose. That is horrible, and leaving the scene is even worse. So tragic, and so many families suffering for it. Prayers for all. Hopefully justice will be served.