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Garner teen killed in crash

Posted June 2, 2009

— A Garner high school senior was killed Monday evening in a car wreck.

18-year-old killed in two-vehicle wreck 18-year-old killed in two-vehicle wreck

Roy Alexander Bryant, 18, died when he crashed into another car on U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton, troopers said.

Bryant attended Garner High School and was supposed to graduate this month.

“He had big plans. He was going to do a lot,” said Marietta Johnson, Bryant's mother.

Bryant planned to attend Wake Technical Community College and eventually take over his grandfather's business.

He was driving home from his grandfather's house in Clayton when the wreck happened. Troopers said Bryant was speeding around a corner when he lost control of the vehicle and skidded over the center line. A vehicle heading in the opposite direction slammed into his car.

"I was looking at the road when it happened. I saw it. I screamed two times to the top of my lungs,” witness Lisa Warrick said.

Troopers said Bryant was killed on impact.

"He looked like a child in an adult's body. I felt so bad.  I was praying that he was going to make it, but it was too late,” Warrick said.

Troopers said a woman, who was traveling with her 1-year-old daughter, was in the other vehicle.  She was driving the speed limit and tried to stop her car, but couldn't.

"You think that things won't happen to you, but it does. You have got to live life everyday like it is your last. Tell the people that you love, that you love them when you have the opportunity to do it, because you might not get a second chance,” Johnson said.

The woman and the child in the other vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The state Highway Patrol said Bryant was going at least 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. Troopers said they don't believe he was wearing his seat beat.


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  • zulabell Jun 4, 2009

    Alex was a light in this world. He always had a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye. He was funny, creative, and polite. No one could speak with him for five minutes without absolutely adoring him. Still, he was a teenage boy who made poor choices as nearly all teenage boys do. My only hope is that his classmates will learn from his mistakes by making good choices and living good, productive lives that bring joy to others just as Alex's did.

  • pebbles262004 Jun 4, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family

  • trf031 Jun 4, 2009

    If you have a child of your own how could you write something like this: But even all that does not matter when a young man or woman decide to throw all that overboard, in that case it is as it should be.Nobody else had to suffer other than him

  • trf031 Jun 4, 2009

    It doesn't matter how fast or slow he was driving. I am outraged at some of the comments placing blame; this is a child we are talking about. Yes thank goodness the lady and her child were not killed but he also didn't deserve to die.
    There is no reason to place blame. WE ALL ARE GUILTY! with speeding, not wearing a seat belt, putting on make up, reading a book. ALL: of these are stupid things to do while driving but we do them everyday. This is a risk to your life as well as others on the road. So until you have lived a perfect life you have no right to place blame.
    And to Moabit- if you don't know this family then don't say there needed to be more family input.
    My deepest sympathies go out to the family in this very difficult and sad time.

  • nncyrojas Jun 4, 2009

    I think that everyone is missing the point he was not doing that speed and he was wearing a seat belt. Dont believe everything you hear..... How about feeling upset and sad for his family that he left behind not talking about speeding or he was young it was an accident and took a life have some concern for the family that is reading this...... You dont know what happen unless you were there with him.... Just keep the family in thoughts and prayers that is what they need now not telling them what should of been done

  • james27613 Jun 3, 2009

    My daughter has a friend at middle school whose brother
    drives without paying attention.

    He blows past red lights, stop signs, ignores the speed and
    driver info signs.

    He is an accident waiting to happen.

    The parents know this and still allow this young man to drive.

  • Professor Jun 3, 2009

    Talking to your driving child today may save their life.

  • Professor Jun 3, 2009

    There have been several wrecks all over NC involving teens who lost their life. When will parents and teens learn something from this. Remember, parents your child is not that experience compared to someone like you who have been driving over 30 years. And yes you make mistakes but you follow the rules and is still alive. Teach you child today. Tomorrow or this evening may be too late.

  • Professor Jun 3, 2009


    I don't believe thats what people are saying, dear. If young people would simply obey the rules of the roads their life may be here a little longer. Driving fast will more than likely get you every time. Teach your child to obey ALL RULES OF THE ROADS even when you are not around them. Be smart and go back over the rules with your child. Ride around with them to see how they are really driving.

  • Professor Jun 3, 2009

    My condolences to the family. The sun is shinning on the over side. Continue to trust in God/Jesus and He will see you all through this difficult time. Keep praying.