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Two injured after car lands near Johnston County home

Posted May 8, 2012

— Two Johnston County men were recovering from a wreck Tuesday afternoon after one of them was thrown 75 feet from his car Monday night after it crashed dangerously close to a family's home.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said David Collins, 18, of Zacks Mill Road in Angier, was going about 80 mph in a 55 mph speed zone when he went around a curve on Zacks Mill Road and lost control of his Pontiac G6.

The car went airborne around 9:30 p.m. and crashed on the lawn of the home where Nicki Williams' and her two young children were visiting her mother.

Williams said the driver hit a telephone pole, ran into a ditch, went airborne and rolled several times before landing in the yard at 2389 Zacks Mill Road. Pieces of the car flew off, striking the home and causing minor damage. The Pontiac was destroyed.

"It was the most horrifying crash sound that I've ever heard," Williams said Tuesday.

Williams said when she went outside to see what had happened, she saw Tyler Lewis, 20, crawling from the car and Collins face-down and breathing with difficulty.

Johnston County crash Two injured after car lands near Johnston County home

Collins, authorities said, was not wearing his seatbelt.

Lewis and Collins were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where they were expected to recover from their injuries.

No one in the house was hurt.

A student at South Johnston High School, Collins will face charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving and provisional DWI, the state Highway Patrol said.

The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement is also investigating the crash.

A state trooper found an empty beer bottle next to the car door, and Lewis, of 3030 Micro Road, Selma, admitted that the pair had been drinking beer and fishing before the wreck.

Williams said she is relieved that both men will recover and hopes that other young drivers take notice.

"I know, even when I was a teenager, we feel invincible," she said, "and a lot of times, that leads to reckless behavior."


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  • ajsmommie May 10, 2012

    To "richardsherman75", I am a 2003 graduate of SJH. We lost several class members when I was there. I encourage you get get involved is S.A.D.D. This is the club Students Against Destructive Decisions. You can watch the news, read stories, and even have friends killed, after you witness the consequences of the actions, YOU as an INDIVIDUAL have to make the choice to make better decisions and live carefully. Cars among other material things can be replaced but YOU CAN NOT! Live life to the fullest but live it wisely!

  • ajsmommie May 10, 2012

    I am so sorry about your sister. I understand completely when a story or an event hits this close to home. I lost my baby brother to child abuse when I was eight by the hands of a family friend. He was 3. I get furious and some times nauseas when I hear about children being hurt or killed. I have forgiven him for his actions but I will never forget. My prayer for him now is that he will allow God to use him and now fight against domestic violence and child abuse. My brother would be 22 now and even after all of these years it is still painful for me, my parents, family, and friends who knew him. I will keep you in my prayers. Hopefully you have had and will get the oppertunily to speak up and speak out against drunk and destructive driving. There are so many foundations to do this through but we really do not hear from them unless something happens. I think that should change. Maybe God will open a door for you to help change this. Thank you for voicing your concern.

  • shopalot2 May 9, 2012

    This is for 'ajsmommie': I did not write these comments to be hateful or mean-sprited as you stated, maybe I should have not used the word stupidity, maybe I should have been a little less harsh. But I know what it feels like as a 6 year old to see his 8 year old sister put on a stretcher and watch medics pull the sheet over her head because she was just killed by someone who used poor judgment and decided to get behind the wheel after he had been drinking and was speeding. I do agree with you we all have used poor judgment at times and I do pray this has been a lesson learned for these two young men and others will read this story and think twice the next time.

  • richardsherman75 May 9, 2012

    ya know as a student as south johnston i find it offincive that people like you shopalot2 talk about my friend like that... We wrote this today so read it.
    You don't realize what you have until its taken away. people need to realize there not invincible. something like this can bring a whole school together but tear us appart at the same time.
    After jessie died we thoughtpeople would be more careful... it musnt have opened there eyes enough. now its just befor graduation and david is in the hospital.....
    If we loose david collins the school will be messed up. It'll be another jessie. i hate to say it but we all will be hit hard bu this.
    we love you man fron sjhs.

  • ajsmommie May 9, 2012

    If you are breathing, you have made mistakes, we ALL have. When this young boy was thrown over the corner of my parents house and was laying out in the yard, I was not thinking, how stupid. I was praying for his life and forgiving him & our 2 & 4 year old were in the room that the front of the car hit. I was there! The driver had warned his friend about this curve which shows that he is a caring person. Yes he is young and used extremely poor judgement but I'm sure everyone has used poor judgement in their lives and is also fortunate that no one else was hurt. Jesus died and rose again for me, him, and even you "shopalot2". Is anyone in the position to cast the first stone here? Instead of being hateful maybe you can take a moment to pray for his recovery and this will be a life lesson. I pray that people of all ages will see this as an opportunity to re-examine how we all drive.Please just try to have compassion. What if it was your children?

  • batcave May 9, 2012

    "Just another example of the fine driving one sees in North Carolina. fayncmike"

    according to GMAC, RI, NY,NJ,MD,HI,DC,MS, have the worst drivers, northeast region as a whole has the worst, and we also know wrecks don't happen in any other states. Another fine example of a great post.

  • piene2 May 9, 2012

    "Just another example of the fine driving one sees in North Carolina.

    More the rule than the exception, isn't it?

  • fayncmike May 9, 2012

    Just another example of the fine driving one sees in North Carolina.

  • Rebelyell55 May 9, 2012

    Someone was looking out for them.

  • Warm Soft Dose of Snah May 9, 2012

    Can't we all just slow down a little bit and take it easy?