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Harnett student killed in crash; sister injured

Posted April 6, 2012

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— A 17-year-old Western Harnett High School junior was killed in a crash Friday morning and his 14-year-old sister was injured, according to troopers.

Ryan Austin Eatmon was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone when he overcorrected and crashed on Spring Hill Church Road, between Stancil and Farrar roads, around 7:10 a.m., troopers said.

He died in the crash. His sister, Devyn Eatmon, a student at Western Harnett Middle School, was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn. She suffered a concussion and a broken right arm.

Ryan was a "strong Christian boy," according to his friend Kennedey Pate, a senior at the school.

"He was a really sweet guy, really well known, really easy to get along with," she said.

Before he left for school with his sister and crashed, Ryan posted 55 words on his Facebook page about the meaning of Good Friday and how Jesus was "tormented and crucified for you."

"Think about that, all of you who just think this is a half day (of school)," he wrote.

Ryan wrestled and played golf, according to friends. A teacher, who declined to be identified, emailed WRAL News to say that Ryan hoped to improve his grades, get admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and become a film director.

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  • itsmyownopinion Apr 6, 7:47 p.m.

    My heart goes out to his family for their loss of a wonderful
    young man.

  • branedwards Apr 6, 7:42 p.m.

    Ryan will truly be missed.

  • mxteam44 Apr 6, 6:50 p.m.

    A parent's worst nightmare. So sad! I hope the sister recovers quickly.

  • Smokin Apr 6, 6:41 p.m.

    Just a small but important point--people don't over correct, they fail to take the correction out in time. The instruction in driving they get in school is NOT enough. There are schools AAA recommend and having done some high performance schools at BMW in South Carolina, I can't recommend their teen school enough.

    That said, I'm sorry yet another young person has lost their life in something that is completely avoidable.

  • bbrown07 Apr 6, 6:09 p.m.

    God Bless This Family

  • rixida Apr 6, 5:58 p.m.

    The only thing that I can say is that he is in a better place now

  • Scubagirl Apr 6, 5:44 p.m.

    So very sad, condolences for the family.

    I just WISH we could make kids get it! We can't and that makes it even more sad.

  • goode88 Apr 6, 5:35 p.m.

    The only point to be made is a family is without a son, nephew, brother, grandchild and all around great person. My prayers are with the family.

  • mikenjennifer2410 Apr 6, 4:38 p.m.

    NOW ARE WE GOING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT 15 MPH OVER AND YOU GO TO JAIL. THIS IS WHY I SAY IT IS A GOOD LAW..

  • 1Moms_View Apr 6, 4:36 p.m.

    Prayers for the family and his WHHS family.

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