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Three killed in Wayne County wreck

Posted October 10, 2010
Updated October 12, 2010

— Speed was a factor in a single-vehicle wreck in Wayne County early Sunday that killed three young people from Fremont and left a high school student critically injured, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Troopers said that Joshua Leon Brantley, 25, Ashley Nicole Haskins, 18, and Jacob Allen Floars, 17, died at the scene of the wreck on N.C. Highway 222 east of Fremont.

The driver – Mark Aaron Pope, 17 – was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, then transferred to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Troopers said he was in critical condition Monday morning.

Floars was a senior at Charles B. Aycock High School, and Pope was a former student, a Wayne County schools spokesman said. The school will have grief counselors on hand Monday for students and staff.

Floars' mother said her son had been friends with Pope since childhood and that the two had planned a sleepover.

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Troops said the four were in a Honda Civic going an estimated 80 to 85 mph west on N.C. 222 around 3:30 a.m. The speed limit there is 55 mph.

The Civic went into a curve near Airport Road and crossed the center line multiple times before running off the left side of the road, troopers said. It struck a ditch, flipped over several times and ended upside down.

Pope was the only person wearing a seat belt, troopers said.


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  • grnpnd7 Oct 12, 2010

    I don't know what store manager said that the kids bought beer at 2:15 am but it is illegal to buy beer after 2 am...I am so sorry for the families and friends of these three. There are a lot of broken hearts right now..May God bless you all.
    And yes, the store should be reported.

  • chellehforever Oct 12, 2010

    I feel very bad for the driver however, because although all this responsiblity falls on him - imagine the guilt he will feel after this!

  • chellehforever Oct 12, 2010

    I went to school with Ashley and we were very good friends in middle school. This is such a tragedy. She is a good girl at heart she really is, just mixed up with bad habits as all these kids are. As a teenager it makes you reconsider your own actions. Anything can happen at any time. My heart goes out to the families. I'm pregnant with my first child (a girl) and I tell my fiance everyday that I may end up being a strict parent, but its only because I love her so much.

  • res4542000 Oct 12, 2010

    I've known Aaron since he was little, and I know he is a good boy that, like alot of kids, fall into the wrong crowd. It happen to me when I was his age, but thank God that all the chances I took nothing this bad ever happened. I finally grew up and turned my life around before it was to late. Now besides the fact that Aaron will have to live with the fact he killed three of his friends, he will have the legal problems that are deserved to. We need to pray that this will be the turning point that was needed in his life so that something good can come from this terible tragedy. These are times that the youth who turn their back, or laugh at someone that is falling need to reach out before it's to late.

  • Whatever Geez Oct 12, 2010

    I saw pictures of the car on the facebook page....aweful.

  • Whatever Geez Oct 12, 2010

    taterbug: sweety....as bad as it may feel...it is his fault. He drove the car that killed the other 3. I hope he gets well but I feel sorry for all involved.

  • taterbug369 Oct 12, 2010

    Jacob was a good friend of mine, it still doesnt seem real! Im praying for not only Jakes family but also the families of Aaron, Ashleigh, and Josh! Aaron, I pray that you get better as soon as possible! I know that some of these inconsiderate people are putting this on you but I want to say, this is no one persons fault! accidents happen and thats how some things go.

    Rest in sweet peace Jacob A. Floars, you are loved and missed dearly!!!!

  • Whatever Geez Oct 11, 2010

    There has been another bad rweck with some North Lenoir students, not wearing seatbelts. Two of them have been thrown from the vehicle.....

  • beige1224 Oct 11, 2010

    My friend died in that. Losing friends to drunk driving gets harder and harder everytime. I wish us teenagers weren't so stubborn.

  • SmarterThanAvgBear Oct 11, 2010

    God bless everyone involved. I hope I can teach my kids that there are serious consequences in life and I hope that they make better decisions about how they spend their time, who they get in a car with, and the risks they take. It is a fine line. You have to give them room to grow up and you have to let them fail but at the same time you can't let them get too out of control. God help every parent out there. We need it.