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Teen killed in Nash County wreck

Posted December 5, 2010

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— Friends remembered a 16-year-old Elm City girl killed in a wreck in Nash County as "a very dedicated friend, sister and color guard member."

State troopers said Caroline Hathaway lost control of a 2000 Isuzu SUV on Sandy Cross Road, near Baker Road, about 5 miles south of Nashville Saturday evening. The SUV slid off the left side of the road, struck a ditch, then became airborne before hitting a tree.

Hathaway, who was not wearing her seat belt, was flung from the SUV at some point, and the vehicle landed on top of her, troopers said. She died of her injuries.

Her two passengers, Amber Hunter, 16, and Caroline Brown, 15, had only minor injuries, troopers said. Hunter, who was in the front seat, was wearing a seat belt. Brown, sitting in back, was not.

Police: Teen was driving too fast for slick roads Police: Teen was driving too fast for slick roads

Pastor Clifford Lewin of Wilson Praise And Worship was helping Hathaway's family remember her Sunday. "It's been really rough for them," he said. "They're a really loved family, so they've got a lot of support, a lot of friends."

Lewin said Hathaway, a junior at Southern Nash High School, was active in the church youth group.

Troopers said that Hathaway was going the posted speed limit of 55 mph, but that exceeded a safe speed for the conditions at the time. The road surface was wet, and it was snowing.

Hathaway's friends did not want to give their names Sunday, but they issued this statement:

“Caroline had a very big heart and was beautiful inside and out. She is going to be so missed, and she is so loved. She was always there when you needed her and never let you down. She listened and truly cared. We all love her so much and are going to miss her.”


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  • smslabcorp Dec 6, 2010

    I can only hope that if something of this sort happened to (certain ones).. that people would only wish your family good prayers and not use your childs news post as a way to try to teach others a lesson! My son is truely heart broken over the loss of such a wonderful friend and NO the thought has not even crossed my mind to say SEE WHAT HAPPENS! These kids and family have enough to deal with right now and all I can say is My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hathaway family and friends!

  • WGH13 Dec 6, 2010

    it's said

  • eddiewan5150 Dec 6, 2010

    Bottom-line: another young life lost on the road in our community and it's becoming far to frequent.

  • flyingcheetah92 Dec 6, 2010

    "How many 16 year olds have to die before NC changes the driving age. 16 is too young to be driving without adult supervision. Wake up NC." blahblahblah

    It's not just 16 year olds that are the issue. There are plenty of people who are 20, 30, 40, 50 who are worse than many of the teenage drivers on the road today. Simply raising the age limit will not irradiate poor drivers. Driving is something that must be learned and regardless of what you hear in drivers ed without actually being on the road you will not fully grasp what things mean. So by raising the driving age you will just delay when the learning begins.

  • nblangley Dec 6, 2010

    I think the people making comments on this story about whether or not she was wearing a seat belt are rediculous. I'm willing to bet that everyone that has made a comment doesn't always wear there seat belt. A young girl lost her life, people need to have respect and compassion for friends and family. I'm from Sandy Cross, we have been taught to give respect to people in mourning. Not to talk about whether someone was doing right or wrong when the tragedy happened. I think WRAL should take these disrespectful comments off. I believe in free speech, but not when it's hateful.

  • kikinc Dec 6, 2010

    eddiewan5150-Never said I was perfect. I'm far from it, actually. I was merely commenting that you can't blame everything on the age of the individual. You can't automatically say that 16 years old is too young. I cut everyone slack everyday, but it hurts my heart when I hear stories about ho a young life is lost, and it could have simply been prevented by wearing a seat belt.

  • flyingcheetah92 Dec 6, 2010

    Also to those who are arguing over the fact that seat belts in some cases can kill people, yes you are right. However, more often than not they save lives. There is no way of knowing what type of accident you will be involved in and it is simply ignorant to try and rationalize the fact that you are not wearing a seat belt by saying that in a very rare case they can cause death when in fact much more often they prevent it.

  • flyingcheetah92 Dec 6, 2010

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of this young ladies life. However, it is very unfortunate that she for whatever reason was not wearing her seatbelt, and did not slow down in order to accommodate the conditions (or maybe she did but slowing down resulted in her going the speed limit). It is always terrible when a young person dies, however I do hope that her friends and others who hear about this tragedy will decided to wear their seat belts in the future.

  • eddiewan5150 Dec 6, 2010

    Wow. Simply some COLD HEARTED individuals up here. And, as usual, many of you miss the point. leholley03 gets what I meant by my comment. I GUARANTY that EVERYONE did things when they were teenagers that look back on and wonder "What was I THINKING?!" Should she have had her seatbelt on? Absolutely. But the fact is she didn't and she's paid the ultimate price for it. kikinc, we can't ALL be as perfect as you so try and cut we simpletons a little slack.

  • iwasjustsaying Dec 6, 2010

    You always know where to find the perfect people...on Golo. The people who never make mistakes...who are always on alert, who never get tired, who are the most perfect parents and their kids are perfect too...who are so perfect they don't feel the need to have compassion for anyone who is not as perfect as they are. God Bless you perfect people. You are an example to us all.