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Four teens injured in Edgecombe County wreck

Posted February 19, 2012
Updated February 20, 2012

— Four teenagers were injured early Sunday morning when the car they were in crossed the center line and wrecked in a ditch off N.C. Highway 33 south of Tarboro, State Highway Patrol officials said. 

The wreck happened around 4:15 a.m. when the driver of the car, 18-year-old Timothy Suggs, of Rocky Mount, fell asleep at the wheel. The car crossed the center line went on to the grass, flew airborne over a water-filled ditch and crashed on the other side.

Suggs was ejected from the car, authorities said, and was in serious condition Sunday morning. 

Timothy Dickens, 18, William Ruffin II, 18, and Randy Higgs, 18, were all passengers in the car at the time of the wreck. Ruffin and Higgs were taken to the hospital and listed in serious condition Sunday.

Dickens, who was in the front passenger seat, called authorities after the wreck. He sustained minor injuries. All four teens were taken to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital following the wreck.

Ruffin's godmother, Jackie Jones, said his injuries are life-threatening.

"It's praying time for two of them," she said. "Don't take driving for a joke and, if you're tired and feel like you can't drive, don't drive."


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  • MrsPage1989 Feb 21, 2012

    so sad

  • elhj83 Feb 21, 2012

    Update: Randy Higgs unfortunately passed away

  • RM24 Feb 20, 2012

    Prayers to all involved. This is a bad situation. However 4:15AM is a tough time for 4 18yr olds to be out riding. Hope we don't get further bad news from this story.

  • shyniecebattle Feb 20, 2012

    Prayers go out to all 4 families :)

  • sjacobs2 Feb 20, 2012

    4:15 "AM"

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 20, 2012

    Wanna bet that the difference in injuries is based on seat belt wearing?

    Front passenger = seat belt = minor injuries

    Driver = no seat belt = vehicle ejection = Serious injuries

    Rear passengers = no seat belt = Serious injuries