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Two die in coastal N.C. wreck

Posted August 29, 2010
Updated August 30, 2010

— Two 18-year-old men were killed in a wreck in Carteret County Saturday that also injured two 17-year-old girls and the family of an elementary school principal.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Miles Moorman, of Bahama, was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord that turned into the path of a Chevrolet SUV on Harker's Island and Straits roads around 8:30 p.m.

Moorman and Brantley Pearce, of Durham, were killed. Moorman was a student at the Durham Performance Learning Center, and Pearce graduated from Riverside High School.

Kristen Terry and Kimberly Frey, passengers in Moorman's car, were taken to Pitt Memorial Regional Hospital in Greenville, troopers said.

A Pitt Memorial spokeswoman said Frey, who friends say was dating Pearce, was in fair condition Saturday. Terry's condition was not available. The Durham teens are students at Northern High School.

Troopers identified the driver of the SUV as Christopher Yeomans, 45, the principal of Smyrna Elementary School. His wife, Kathy, 49,  daughter, Caroline, 14, and her boyfriend, Jaden Fulcher, 14, were also in the vehicle, troopers said.

Everyone in the SUV, except for Kathy Yeomans, was treated and released from Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

Kathy Yeomans remained Sunday at Pitt Memorial with two broken legs, troopers said.

Moorman was driving back to Durham from a beach trip at the coast when the crash happened. His friends say he will be missed.

"If you needed a laugh, you just went and found Brantley and he would get the job done," friend Nick Fowler said.

"No matter what kind of mood you're in, the second he (Brantley) walked in the room, he lit everyone up," friend Jill Pennigar said.

Fowler says he and Pearce were also close friends.

“He was like a brother to me. He just was always there if I needed him. All I had to do was call him,” Fowler said.


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  • wildcat Aug 30, 2010

    My condolences to both families and friends. May God continue to be with all of you.

  • sweeethng Aug 30, 2010

    To Desiderate and everyone else out there, do not jump to assumptions. In another article, through another news agency, the reporter talked to the fire chief on site. The fire chief stated that the intersection it happened at is a very bad intersection. They have had several very serious accidents at this intersection. The kids did stop. The Highway patrol confirmed speed and alcohol were not a factor. The kids made a left had turn that immediately went into a 90 degree turn. There was no way for them to see the other car coming from the other side of that curve as they turned. It was a tragic accident that sounds like DOT needs to improve both the road and intersection.

  • Pseudonym Aug 30, 2010

    Sympathies for all families involved.

    Drive carefully out there everyone!

  • cth1 Aug 30, 2010

    So sad for everyone involved!!! Prayers for the friends and family that are grieving the loss of 2 young men!! And, for the 2 young ladies that are still fighting for their life!!

  • SweetB Aug 30, 2010

    I am truly sorry for the loss of life! We will never understand. My heart Aches and cries for you. XOXOXO to all those involved and all these families. Come through everyone! xoxoxo

  • NoObamaCare Aug 30, 2010

    Stories like this are times that I dread when my kids start driving; especially with other teens in the car with them. God bless all families and friends involved.

  • RaleighPirate Aug 30, 2010

    Wow, what a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families involved in this accident.

  • Lead by Example Aug 30, 2010

    Tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all persons involved.

  • tatermommy52 Aug 30, 2010

    The Democrat controlled legislature cut funds for drivers education. It should be a full time course.

  • daddysbuddy Aug 30, 2010

    I just seen Miles on Friday, he helps us out at the repair shop I work for. And I go to church with a guy who went to school with Brantley. Such a Loss. Prayers for the family.