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Western Harnett High student, graduate killed in wreck

Posted March 5, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— State troopers say speed was a factor in a Harnett County wreck that killed a Western Harnett High School student and a recent graduate Thursday afternoon.

Timothy Neill Cameron Jr., 17, and Brittany Wilson, 19, died in the wreck on Womack Road, near Cool Spring Road, east of the Broadway community.

Troopers said a black pickup truck driven by Cameron ran off the road, down an embankment and into some woods around 4:15 p.m.

Troopers have not released more details of the wreck. It was Harnett County's first fatal wreck of the year, authorities said.

Harnett County wreck Wreck kills Western Harnett High sudent, alumna

Cameron was a senior at West Harnett High, and Wilson was a recent graduate. They had been dating for about a year and a half, her relatives said.

Wilson loved the outdoors and worked as a receptionist at Raven Rock State Park, her family said. She also loved to be with her family. Wilson was on her way home and less than a mile from her home when the wreck occurred, they said.

"There's not even explaining how somebody so young could touch so many lives and be that precious and that beautiful. She was just great," Wilson's cousin, Millie Thomas, said.

"Brittany, well, I called her 'Chick,' and I always have," Thomas added. "Brittany was a beautiful, beautiful girl. She was beautiful inside, beautiful outside."

Cameron's family declined to talk Thursday night.

Wilson's family members said they have watched news coverage of teenagers killed in wrecks and it breaks their hearts to see young relatives as the latest victims.

"Just slow down. Young people, slow down. You've got your whole lives ahead of you," Thomas said. "Just slow down, and really do stop and smell the roses so you'll be able to smell them for a long time."

Counselors will be at West Harnett High School Friday to help grieving students.


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  • anneonymousone Mar 6, 2009

    I am a high school teacher, and the thought of having to face an empty desk that had someone sitting in it the day before just makes my heart stop.

  • haggis basher Mar 6, 2009

    "haggis basher, did you always do every single thing you were told to do?"
    Absolutely not. I am lucky to be alive and it is just that, luck. I drove like an idiot but I alway used a seatbelt. Its simple physics. If you are travelling at say 30 miles an hour and hit a tree then the car stops but you do not (unless you are wearing a seatbelt) and fly forward and hit solid objects like the windscreen, the window frame, other people in the car etc. If you are really unlucky you get thrown out through one of the windows (imagine that at 30plus mph.....) and then hit the road just before your own car rolls over you....Engineers spend millions of dollars making the inside of a car about the safest place you could be but it only works if you are properly restrained. If you do not wear your seatbelt you are just plain dumb. Yes of course there is the occaisional accident where not wearing the belt saves someone but those are rare at best and even then they are difficult to really proof

  • ThisIsMyName Mar 6, 2009

    It's always sad when the choices we make turn out to be tragic.

  • tank1234 Mar 6, 2009

    I am so sorry for their loss. Wake up Teenagers SPEED KILLS

  • 2beachy4u Mar 6, 2009

    haggis basher, did you always do every single thing you were told to do? I doubt it. Besides, most kids think "it won't happen to me". They don't think rationally like an adult would. It's not about the debate that you are trying to turn it in to, it's about two teens that are dead and you need to be a little more considerate of the families. How would you feel if one of these were your children?

  • 19tarheel75 Mar 6, 2009

    Teenagers also can't get their license until they are 18 if they don't pass an approved driver license course. Which by the way is still taught in the schools by teachers in those schools who also drive with those same kids in those schools....But the parents can always pay an exorbitant amount and go the private route.

  • Ptah Mar 6, 2009

    Sorry for the families and these two children. Driver's ed would help out more than any man made god or angel can. Teach your children well.

  • dta27615 Mar 6, 2009

    Lets see, in the mid 90s, the state decided to drop state-funded drivers education in schools due to funding. I wonder how many lives have been lost due to not having a standardized driver ed (not run by people trying to make a profit) - and how much these accidents have cost the state and insurance companies...

  • christineswisher Mar 6, 2009

    I feel for the families of these two teens.......

  • haggis basher Mar 6, 2009

    "....i wonder if seatbelts were worn...moot point now though,"
    Not really. Wearing Seatbelts can/will turn what would be a major tradegy into no more than a pain in the wallet. Too late fotr those kids (if they were not wearing belts (why doesn't it say?) but not for yours.......