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ALE investigating Wake Forest teen's death

Posted October 13, 2008

— Agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement say they are investigating where an 18-year-old got alcohol prior to the crash that killed him early Sunday morning.

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

Authorities said they are investigating a rumor that there had been a party at Satchell's house that evening but declined to comment further about the case.

ALE statistics show that agents have filed 36 aiding and abetting charges in Wake County this year for underage drinking cases.

Friends said Satchell left a gathering at his house after getting upset about a girl. It was unclear where he was headed when the wreck occurred, about a mile from his house.

State troopers said they believe Satchell was going an estimated 70 mph in a 50 mph zone when his car went off the right side of the road, he over-corrected, and the car crossed the center line. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle as it went airborne, struck a pole, hit two trees and overturned, authorities said.

Satchell was a 2008 graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, where he played soccer, and had been home for fall break from East Carolina University.

Relatives said Monday he was a considerate teen who often helped others.

"Jarret was an Eagle Scout with a 4.4 GPA," his uncle, David Hegel said. "He looked out for everyone else."

Friends mourned his death Sunday evening with a candle light vigil and have set up a fund to help his family with funeral expenses.

Donations can be made at Capital Bank, 12217 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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  • ERRN Oct 14, 2008

    bob d- Hello, your statement makes no sense. The reason the drinking age is 21 is because 18 year old are NOT mature enough to make decisions about drinking. Obviously this is true in this case. He was not responsible enough to stay away from driving after drinking. And if his parents bought the alcohol for him, then YES they should be charged because they broke the law.

  • jlvjohnson Oct 14, 2008

    Thank the Lord that no one else was killed because of his bad decision...to drink and drive. No one seems to get that there is a REAL problem with our young people and alcohol...they should give an alcohol class in HS as part of the graduation requirement.

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 14, 2008

    B-real.... ALE are media manipulators.....

    ALE would not be anything if people would abide by the laws that are set before them, when it comes to underage drinkers and smokers. They sell to make a dollar and do not care of the consequences of what may happen. Most young adults do not make great decisions, and being under the influence makes it worse. Whatever made this young man upset, be it a female or not, he may have reacted a little different if it wasn't for the fact of being of sober mind. My prayers go out to this family. And a thank you to my brother who is an ALE agent.

  • smeade1 Oct 13, 2008

    What's really going to hurt is if his parents were the suppliers of the alcohol. Not only fear of being charged, but having to deal with the fact they killed their kid for the rest of their life. Sad, sad, situation.

  • anonemoose Oct 13, 2008

    ITLS, I doubt this will make it by the censor, since they don't believe in responsibility for ones actions either. Maybe they had a couple on the way in too.

    This child acted like an adult before he was ready. Some adult was responsible for that. He got the alcohol from somewhere.

    I understand that you are probably only 18 or 19 and think it's cool to drink. So be it. You have never had to tell, or see the response of a parent that was just told that their child had died as a result of drinking and driving. You have never worked a 15 minute extrication, then did CPR for 45 minutes trying to save an 18 year old girl, who was drunk and hit a tree, and have the parents see you walk out of the trauma room and know that their child was dead. I have done both.

    If he got the alcohol from a friend, they need to be charged. If from his parents, they need to be charged, and arrested 5 minutes after the funeral.

  • SouthernLady05 Oct 13, 2008

    ALE is going to look into it to see where the kid got the alchol. More than a kid getting it from a grown-up, ALE is going to see if a store sold it to him. Happens all the time, many many gas stations don't ID. If a store was neglegent in selling this 18 year old alchol, they will have a cooler lockdown among other things... as they should.

  • SweetB Oct 13, 2008

    sad,sad,sad,sad,sad Breaks my heart and worries me for others. My son is 13 and this is 1 (of many) fears. I do have to say to >> mkayjensen2 amen, I just want him home in the end.

  • B Real Oct 13, 2008

    of course the ALE will look into it \. But first they will notify all media that they are out there working hard. Just like they notify the media anytime the bust a still and hand out tickets to the still owners or a store selling cigs to youngsters. they are masters at media manipulation!

  • PlanetX Oct 13, 2008

    This is just the saddest thing ever - the waste of a young, promising life. As the parent of two boys - one an ECU graduate - my heart goes out to this young man's devastated family and friends.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Oct 13, 2008

    Admiral & Fe - very well said
    Sad story, praying for the family