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Durham high school mourns after weekend crash

Posted August 30, 2010

— Grief counselors were on hand at three schools in Durham Monday following a weekend wreck in which two former students were killed and two other students were injured.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Beaufort as Miles Moorman, 18, of Bahama, and three passengers were returning home to Durham after a weekend beach trip.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Moorman turned his Honda Accord into the path of an SUV, killing himself and passenger Brantley Pearce, 18, of Durham.

Northern High School seniors Kristen Terry and Kimberly Frey, both 17, were injured in the wreck. They were listed in good condition at Pitt Memorial Regional Hospital in Greenville Monday morning.

Moorman was a student at the Durham Performance Learning Center but had gone to Northern High before transferring, Northern High Principal John Colclough said.

"Miles, he was a very quiet young man, well liked, just a fine person and someone I know that is going to be missed here," Colclough said. "He was a friend to a lot of our students."

Colclough said there was some comfort that Terry and Fey seemed to be improving.

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"They are our students here, and so they are part of our family," he said. "They are well-liked students, all the things that you would expect about them. There are a lot of students here that really care deeply about these two young ladies, and certainly the faculty does."

Colclough said the school has lost students before and that it's important that classmates be allowed the opportunities to express their emotions.

"Students are very resilient. We want them to take this time, though, to think about the gravity of what's gone on and the seriousness of the responsibility that goes with driving a motor vehicle," he said. "We want them to think of that, because this is not something we want to repeat again."

Pearce was a recent graduate from Riverside High School.

The family traveling in the SUV was also injured, state troopers said.

Christopher Yeomans, 45, his wife, Kathy, 49, daughter, Caroline, 14, and her boyfriend, Jaden Fulcher, 14, were taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

All of them were released except for Kathy Yeomans, who had two broken legs.


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  • ddcjh Aug 30, 2010

    Really? You might want to know all the facts before you judge their character or their families. I can't believe how thoughtless of a comment you made.

  • xchief661 Aug 30, 2010

    Once again 2 young children have been lost as the result of a car crash. My heart goes out to the families along with our prayers. So grateful to hear that all others are recouperating from their injuries. I know their hearts are heavy with the loss of their friends.

  • E.Scooter Aug 30, 2010

    My prayers are going out to all involved! It is sad that the parents of these children are having to mourn their loss. I cannot imagine what they are going through! I hope all that are injured will heal quickly!

  • Adelinthe Aug 30, 2010

    Praying for all who loved them and for those injured and trying to heal.

    God bless.


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  • Viewer Aug 30, 2010

    We have all manner of restrictions about teens owning and handling guns. Will we do anything when many more teen drivers are hurting people than teen gun users? Or is the convience worth the cost?

  • johnm33 Aug 30, 2010

    This is sad for all the families involved. Chris is actually a principal in the Carteret county school system, have known him for years. My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.

  • bluetarheel21 Aug 30, 2010

    gofigure - it wasnt a head-on collision, that intersection is a horrible and where the turn is at the blindspot of the intersection, Miles went to make a left turn and when he did an SUV hauling a boat came thru and t-bone Miles' Honda. They've already said that alcohol and speed WERE NOT factors its just a very dangerous intersection (accidents happen there all the time). Miles and Brantley you will be greatly missed! Rest in peace boys! Kristen and Kim please keep fightin and get better soon!!

  • Go Figure Aug 30, 2010

    What happened that he turned to car into a head on collision with the SUV? God bless all involved.

  • anne53ozzy Aug 30, 2010

    You let them leave the nest and hold close to your heart every turn they take. How many times do they fall off the bicycle and still they contiue to ride? They choke on a popsicle. Bump the head falling from a tree they had to climb. God bless these families and I can only hope they know they are not to be blamed for this.