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Clayton High graduate killed in pickup-truck collision

Posted November 9, 2008
Updated November 10, 2008

— The state Highway Patrol said alcohol was a factor in the collision of two pickup trucks on Buffalo Road that killed a Clayton High School graduate two blocks from her parents' home.

Shannon Nicole Adkins, of Clayton, was driving a truck north on Buffalo, near Kentucky Drive, around midnight Saturday, troopers said. The driver of a pickup truck going south on Buffalo crossed the center and struck Adkins' pickup.

Adkins' pickup truck overturned and rolled onto the shoulder of the road, at the entrance to the Horseman's Run subdivision.

Adkins, who was wearing her seat belt, died instantly, troopers said.

The driver of other pickup truck, Desiree Olsen, 29, was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh. The Clayton resident was listed in good condition late Monday morning.

Troopers said that alcohol was a factor and charged Olsen with driving while impaired. Troopers were to meet with Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle Monday afternoon to discuss if more charges should be filed.

Adkins mother, Ernie, said she felt angry after hearing that news from troopers.

"I'm nobody's mama anymore," she said. "I'll never be a grandmother because of this woman who chose to drink and drive. She had no right to kill my baby."

Ernie Adkins said she was staying up, waiting for her daughter to get home, when she heard a "horrific" noise.

"I heard the crash. She was that close to home," said Ernie Adkins. She and her husband walked out to the crash scene and learned of their daughter's death from troopers.

“You could feel it and it was something that kind of knocked you back a bit. A sound that I've never heard before in my life,” neighbor Lewis Carver said.

Carver lives only a few yards from where the crash happened. Within seconds he and his son were there to help.

“We could not do anything to get her out or even reach her,” Carver said.

Adkins graduated from Clayton High School this year and was pursuing a criminal justice major at Wayne County Community College in Goldsboro, her mother said.

"That's my pride and joy right there. She was a good girl. You couldn't ask for no better," Ernie Adkins said.

Adkins did her senior project studying why Johnston County leads the state in auto-related teen deaths. The rides and help provided by Johnston sheriff's deputies inspired her to study criminal justice, her mother said.

Since 2006, more than 25 teens have died in wrecks on Johnston roads.

"It's got to stop," Ernie Adkins said. "How many more children have got to die? How many more grownups? How many more mamas are not coming home because of a drunk driver?"

A wake for Adkins is scheduled for Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Her funeral will take place immediately after at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton.

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  • babycakes Nov 11, 2008

    Chrbellm9....hopefully you'll read this.... I'm not sure where exactly you live in relation to Desiree, but you cannot post blogs that are totally false just to get a rise out of people. What happened here is tragic and it does NOT require your embellished version of the story.

    My heart is SO broken for so many people involved in this story...My deepest sympathies for the parents of Shannon. I lost my older sister to a very similar accident when she was 19 and we as a Christian family know in our hearts that she's with the Lord. My heart is also broken for the family of Desiree...she made a very selfish decision to get behind that wheel. She will pay for that for the rest of her life (jail time or not) But more importantly these innocent children pay the highest price. Shannon, 18 expecially R.I.P.

  • familyfour Nov 10, 2008

    Most of the drunk drivers that hit the roads left a place full of people that watched them leave....and did nothing. Not putting the responsibility on everyone else, but if we all don't start speaking up about it when we see it (or at least call the law), (kind of like abuse), then it will continue.....the people that do it are too ignorant to know/choose to do/be better.....

    That, or we can all demand that all vehicles come with those ~blow before you go~ things.....

  • colliedave Nov 10, 2008

    I like all the republicans on here arguing for more governemnt legislation and oversight Hilarious.

    Conservatives believe that government should protect the innocent among us and protect from those that wish to do others harm. There is no way government can totally protect from someone who deliberately gets drunk and then proceed to drive while intoxicated. That is, unless the person is incarcerated for life upon the first DUI. Even then, this assumes the person is caught/convicted on the first offense; and we couldn't build enough prisions to house the guilty.

  • tow23nhalfhours2 Nov 10, 2008

    SHANNON I KNOW U CANT READ THIS BUT YOU CAN HEAR US WRITE TO YOU.

    TONY JR LOVES U WITH ALL HIS HEART AND WISHES U WERE HERE. HE HATES THAT YOUR NOT ABLE TO BE HERE WITH HIM.

    HE WANTS TO HOLD YOU AND FOREVER LOVE YOU. U WILL ALWAYS BE IN HIS HEART AND SOLE.

    TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES JUST MAKES YOU STRONGER.

    YOUR ONE TRUE LOVE,,,
    TJ
    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
    XOXO

  • tow23nhalfhours2 Nov 10, 2008

    I CANT WAIT TIL THIS WOMEN GETS HERS. I HATE THAT SHES A MOTHER HERSELF WHAT AN EXAMPLE SHES SETTING. DRUNKS ARE ALL THE SAME BLAH BLAH BLAH . I THINK THEY SHOULD SEW THAT WOMEN MOUTH SHUT SO SHE CANT HAVE A DROP. SHANNON WAS A GREAT GIRL AND A FAMILY MEMBER SHES BEEN THERE FOR US THOUGH ARE TIMES OF NEED AND NOW WERE GONNA BE THERE FOR HER AND HER FAMILY. ERNIE& DOUG WE LOVE YOU BOTH AND LOVED SHANNON . U WILL ALWAYS BE HER MOTHER AND FATHER AND WHAT GREAT PARENTS ARE U TO RAISE SUCH A GREAT KID. WE LOVE AND MISS HER ....... LI BRENDA AND BIG BRENDA XOXOXOXOX

  • sprt606 Nov 10, 2008

    We worked with Shannon for a short time, and she was a very happy fun girl. I am devastated that this could have happened to such a sweet girl. Our prayers our with her family. She will surely be missed....

  • Plenty Coups Nov 10, 2008

    As a Johnston County teacher, I am heartbroken over how many of our young people have been robbed of the right to grow up. Living here, I have to admit the roads do factor into this to some degree. There are more and more people living in this area and the roads (being mostly country) have little or no shoulders. There is absolutely no room for the slightest error. That being said...no excuses to the drinking and driving. Punish them to the fullest. Everytime I get on the road, I am fearful and aware that the reality is, there are a lot of people driving who are drunk, using cell phones, playing around with electric devices and falling asleep. It is a dangerous risk everytime you put the keys in the ignition. My heart aches for this family and all who are victims of this careless action.

  • alx Nov 10, 2008

    Why don't we see a pic of the drunk driver??

  • Pseudonym Nov 10, 2008

    It's sickening that she died instantly and the drunk is still alive.

    Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • 12345_here Nov 10, 2008

    ranger,

    Homicide isn't the answer. If we were to charge Homicide for Alcohol, then we should charge Homicide for Cell Phone use, CD changing, radio dial changing, watching the kids ... or any other item that changes attentiviness.

    Alcohol impairment is severe and the punishement should be severe as well. However, it was an accident what occurred. No other way around it. Vehicular Manslaughter would be appropriate. Vehicular Homicide is too sever a term.

    Alcohol impairs judgement, and it should be a much more sever punishment than accidental manslaughter, but you can never convince me that someone that has Alcohol and drives intends to kill someone.
    If .08 is the limit, then there should be sensors in a car that cause a kill switch, so that the driver can't engage the car when they are too impaired to drive. Then if someone circumvents the system and drives with too high a BAC, then homicide could be a viable decision.

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