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Woman found dead in car submerged in Halifax County pond

Posted April 13, 2012

— A woman who left her boyfriend's house in Enfield after an argument Tuesday was found dead in a car Thursday, submerged in a Halifax County pond, Rocky Mount police and family members said Friday.

Britinae Rachelle Whitehead, 21, was found dead inside a gold 1994 Honda in a body of water near Adcock Road, police said.

Authorities have not said how she ended up in the water, but Whitehead's family said she had a recent history with seizures and that her doctor recommended she not drive. She still had a driver's license at the time of her death, however.

Woman found dead in car submerged in Halifax County pond Woman found dead in car submerged in Halifax County pond

Whitehead's boyfriend, Kenny Johnson, said the pair had an argument at his house on White Oak Road Tuesday, and she drove away in a friend's car around 9 a.m.

"She didn't speed off, and I figured she'd be alright," Johnson said. "Britinae was upset. That's why she got in that car by herself."

After no one heard from her, family and friends organized a search party and began looking in an area where she might have driven. By Thursday, they found skid marks and a hubcap near a pond, just a few minutes from Johnson's house.

"I just said, 'Lord, give her to me today. I'm tired. I'm stressed out,'" Whitehead's aunt, Jocile Hines, said.

Authorities pulled the car from the water with Whitehead's body still inside.

"I wouldn't wish that on nobody, to have to watch that car come out (of the water)," Hines said. "Britinae, to me, was like a daughter that I never had."

Whitehead graduated Athens Drive High School in 2008 and was studying social work at Edgecombe Community College.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 16, 2012

    @Scubagirl, if this woman was in your family, would you take time from your grieving, go online to news services and then click on a news article titled "WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR"?

    I guess I just don’t understand why you (so often) want to censor things for the entire world. Do you believe in personal responsibility or not?

  • ncdixie1 Apr 13, 2012

    This article is as sad as the accident yesterday in Northampton Count. Godspeed.

  • iknowmyschnitzel Apr 13, 2012

    So from additional details, it looks like friends and family helped to discover her and probably witnessed them pulling the car out. So sad but I think this helps to explain the posting of the picture. I am sure they are more focused on grieving and making arrangements than any news articles. Beautiful girl and hope the family and friends can find strength in celebrating her life. RIP.

  • CAVELADY2 Apr 13, 2012

    Highcountry I agree. Why would they post something like that??? They need to think about the family and who might see this!

  • highcountry Apr 13, 2012

    Its pretty disgusting to show the car right after it was pulled from the water. Prayers for the family.

  • bnjenk Apr 13, 2012

    I am a personal friend of the family. On the behalf of the family thank you all for your prayers and condolences.
    ~R.I.P Britinae~

  • sunshine1040 Apr 13, 2012

    Showing the car might cause someone to remember if they saw the car shortly before the accident. But the damage looks like the car took a good beating before going in the water or maybe while going in the water.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Apr 13, 2012

    i'm sure the family has already been notified, because otherwise, they would not release her name. they can release it without notifying next of kin.

    my bad... they can NOT release it. my typo, i apologize.

  • CrewMax Apr 13, 2012

    Besides the PSA, you still need a digital exam.

  • pooodaddy Apr 13, 2012

    No, that was just my PSA for the day. Its a horribly accident. Sorry to hear