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Wake Forest-Rolesville High graduate killed in wreck

Posted October 12, 2008
Updated October 13, 2008

— A 2008 Wake Forest-Rolesville High School graduate died in a single-vehicle wreck early Sunday, state troopers said.

Jarret Satchell, 18, of Wake Forest was driving east on Purnell Road when his vehicle went off the right side of the road near Wolverton Fields Drive around 12:49 a.m.

Troopers said that Satchell over-corrected, crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road.

His vehicle became airborne, struck a pole, ran into a ditch and hit two trees before it overturned and came to a stop, authorities said.

Satchell was ejected the vehicle and died of his injuries.

Troopers said that alcohol was involved in the wreck.

Friends say Satchell was upset over a girl when he sped off in his car.

Dozens of friends and neighbors gathered to mourn and erected a makeshift monument at the wreck scene later Sunday. A wooden cross bore a picture of Satchell surrounded by paper soccer balls and a lifeguard tag.

“He had such a good heart, such a good goal for his life. He was going to get so far,” said Danielle Dragic, Satchell's friend.

A candlelight vigil was also held outside Satchell's house Sunday evening.

"I miss him so much," Dragic said.

Friends said that he had started his first semester at East Carolina University and come home for his fall break.

“He’s always been very respectful. Just a good kid as far as I know,” said Anthony Timberlake, father of victim's friend.

Satchell played on the soccer team at Wake Forest-Rolesville.


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  • mmafighterwife Oct 14, 2008

    My prayers are with his family and friends, and I pray God will give them peace during this tragedy.

  • Imagine 722 Oct 14, 2008

    Don't realize it then I slow down.... a few seconds later...forgot that part.

  • Imagine 722 Oct 14, 2008

    Things like this are sad. I went to Wakefield high school and graduated a few years ago. At least 10 people I know died, some from car accidents, 1 from being murdered. I know exactly how his friends are feeling. It sucks.... but drinking and driving. Seriously.... it's stupid.... I'm over 21 so I might have a beer or two and drive and still be under the limit and definitely Okay. But wasn't this guy speeding too?? 70 in a 50? Not sure...situation isn't good... nothing like this is.... but it's way harder to feel bad and sorry for something when they could have helped it. Don't get drunk and drive and DON'T SPEED!!! I hate speeders.... I rarely speed and if I do it's because I don't realize it. God Bless him though. Only the good die young*

  • vaulter Oct 14, 2008

    Momof1, I don't know if you are trying to cover up for your neighbors, but I was out there that night, and I heard the statements the teenagers made about the party. So you need to keep your inane drivel to yourself. Maybe you were the woman in the bathrobe telling the onlooking teenagers to ignore the directives of those officers on the scene, hmmmm.

    Kilroy, yes, it is fact, not speculation.

  • eatme Oct 14, 2008

    Very terrible! I had quite a few friends who died in accidents back in high school. So sad hearing about this! My thoughts are with his family and loved ones!

  • Skywatch_NC Oct 13, 2008

    Yes, surely there was someone at the party who hadn't had any alcohol and who could have easily given the guy a ride home. - Skywatch-NC

    FYI - he was at home

    Yes, I see that now ...as that wasn't indicated in the first report about the accident.

  • Think_About_This Oct 13, 2008

    Yes, surely there was someone at the party who hadn't had any alcohol and who could have easily given the guy a ride home. - Skywatch-NC

    FYI - he was at home

  • SouthernLady05 Oct 13, 2008

    Just as with any fatal accident that involves a intoxicated driver, an investigation will have to be conducted. Just because this kid was 18 makes it no different than if he was 30. It's important at this time to find out who provided alchol to underage kids.

    Also, please note the WRAL and other outlets most likely got their info from the wreck report. Its not as if the officers are running around hollering about this to every media outlet. If the reporters ask, the department answers as they see fit. Wreck reports are public information.

  • SouthernLady05 Oct 13, 2008

    "Why do they have to worry with "was he drinking" right now. Let the family grieve and then after a little time has passed address it."

    First off, I'd like to say that I feel terrible for this boys family and friends. It's a tragic situation. He made a mistake and paid the ultimate price, so sad. BUT in no way, shape, or form should the police wait to address this issue. Investigations don't get put on hold like that. If you allow too much time, it gives the kids that were drinking with him time to calaborate and make up a story so they or whoever bought the alchol wont get in trouble. Most likely the family will be greiving for sometime. And I for one would hope that the family would want the person who gave their son alchol to be held accountable. Law enforcement has to act quickly and find out who provided alchol to this young man which ultimently killed him. That way they can make sure it dosen't happen again.

  • Skywatch_NC Oct 13, 2008

    twinkie and swirley we all share the pain.

    No matter what the age of a person is who has passed away in a circumstance, the hurt of losing someone is there.