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Speed Factor in Fatal Post-Prom Crash

Posted May 6, 2007
Updated May 7, 2007

— A South Granville High School sophomore from Butner died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash in Franklin County, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Anna Nicole Bullock, 15, was a passenger in a white Ford Mustang that was traveling north on Sid Mitchell Road when it ran off the road, hit a tree and flipped several times, troopers said. She was wearing a seat belt.

Speed appeared to be a factor, authorities said. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor, they said.

The driver of the car, Justin Norwood, 16, was seriously injured and was in fair condition at a local hospital Monday. Friends told WRAL that Norwood, who is also a student at South Granville High, had broken ribs, a broken pelvic bone and a collapsed lung.

Grief counselors were expected to be on the school campus Monday to help fellow students cope with the accident's aftermath.

Bullock had been at the school prom at the Wake County Shrine Club on Lead Mine Road in Raleigh, according to schools spokeswoman Jan Allen said.

Allen said a group including Bullock had said they wanted to go bowling in Raleigh after the prom ended at midnight, but officials did not know if they had done that before the accident.

Counselors will be at the school Monday morning to help staff and students, Allen said, and administrators scheduled an early morning meeting for the school staff to discuss the accident.

Bullock, an only child, was enrolled in the high school's Health and Life Science program, Allen said. She would have been 16 in July.

“Anna was unlike any child I’ve ever taught,” her teacher, Keesha Estes, said. “(She was) very smart, very intelligent. It’s a tragic loss, it really is.”

“Anna was such a good person, and she was just so full of everything,” said friend Amanda McIntyre. “And it’s just sad to know that someone that great is gone.”


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  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 6, 2007

    Will be praying for the families; this is so tragic. God bless the driver and both families....

  • Dixe May 6, 2007

    My prayers are with this family.

  • mom2threecld May 6, 2007

    may the family have peace and comfort in the lord during this time. i couldn't imagine losing a child. i am very sorry for the family and friends

  • tiggerjaw May 6, 2007

    God Bless this family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • denbull May 6, 2007

    This is a very tragic loss, I know Anna and her parents along with Justin and his, please know that we love you and will pray for you in this time of need. My kids have taken this very hard and we need to spend more time with our kids and show them we love them no matter what.

  • Kriterian May 6, 2007

    I'm not sure how it could be done but maybe it would be a good idea not to let a 16 year old drive a powerful car like a Ford Mustang. Put a horsepower or cylinder restriction on their license or something. Those things are dangerous in the hands of people that know how to drive, let alone someone that just started.

    My sympathy to all those involved though.

  • FE May 6, 2007

    What a terrible tragedy for all involved. However, this is almost like a script with a known ending: Young, inexperienced driver in a high performance vehicle, probably "showing off" or whatever. It takes some momentum to flip a car "several times." And all of this with the apparent absence of any impairing substances. SAD SAD SAD

  • Retired nurse May 6, 2007

    Our thoughts and prayer's are with the Bullock family. It is such a tragic loss. They say there is no loss like that of a child and we will certainly be in prayer. I know the maternal grandmother and they are wonderful people. Please accept our condolences. But we need to also remember the Norwood family. I do not know Justin or his father but I do know the mother and she is a wonderful person. Justin and his family will go through some very difficult times now and in the upcoming days. They are suffering too because this was his cousin I understand. He will have to live with this forever. Please all teenager's learn from this---Slow down when driving, it can happen in a split second under the best driving conditions. Let's not loose another precious life!

  • wolfpackgal12 May 6, 2007

    The shock of such a tragedy is just a reminder to all of us who take life for granted. Anna was an amazing girl, whom I had the privilege of coaching this year at SGHS. My prayers are with her family and friends, as well as the students at SGHS who will miss this amazing, loving, and beautiful young lady.

  • Dreamin of Disney World May 6, 2007

    Dear God, this hurts so much to see these stories. You know there will be a few this time of year. One's too many. All you can do is pray. And that's what I'm doing tonight.