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Second teen dies after Fayetteville wreck

Posted August 8, 2011

— A second teenager involved in a weekend wreck in Fayetteville has died from her injuries, police said Monday.

Cheyanna Cummings, 18, of Hope Mills, was among seven people traveling in a Nissan Pathfinder around 2 a.m. Saturday when, investigators say, the driver, Bryanna Hamilton, 17, lost control and flipped the vehicle on Rosehill Road.

Cummings died Sunday afternoon at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

"Bryanna is really beat up form the accident, but she's more beat up mentally," Hamilton's mother, Letresa Lilly, said Monday. "She's hurting. She and Chey were like sisters."

Lilly said she wasn't sure where the teens were headed when the wreck happened, but Fayetteville police said Monday that Hamilton was on her way back to a birthday party that she had left earlier to pick up others who were in the car.

Denzel Graves, 16, of Spring Lake, died Saturday at the scene of the wreck. Neither Graves nor Cummings were wearing their seat belts, investigators said.

Hamilton faces charges of driving while impaired and driving without a license.

Cheyanna Cummings, 18, of Hope Mills, was among seven people traveling in an SUV Saturday morning when, investigators say, the driver lost control and flipped the vehicle. Second teen dies after Fayetteville wreck

Fayetteville police Sgt. Eric Dow said Hamilton admitted that she had been drinking, although she did not know how much. Speed was likely a factor, he said, based on interviews with witnesses.

"You’ve got an unlicensed driver, underage driver, inexperienced driver, speed, careless driving, alcohol and overloaded vehicle," Dow said. "I mean, that’s definitely a recipe for disaster, which obviously that’s what happened."

North Carolina's Alcohol Law Enforcement Division is investigating where the party, where, police say, adults might have been present.

Hamilton and four other passengers – Alya Shaw, 19, Chyna Harris, 18, Benyetta Nicholas, 17, and Isaiah Nicholas, 14, all from Spring Lake – were taken to Cape Fear Valley.

Hamilton, Benyetta Nicholas and Isaiah Nicholas were treated and released. Shaw and Harris' injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.


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  • tarheelfan41 Aug 9, 2011

    Hopefully Ms Hamilton will be much wiser when she gets out of prison...and MUCH older!

  • r u crazy too Aug 8, 2011

    where did the alcohol come from and whose car was it? and how did she get keys to car?

  • goode88 Aug 8, 2011

    OGE glad you can be so happy. You should be real proud.

  • kota29473 Aug 8, 2011

    What i said was, i dont feel sorry for any of them.Kids today do what they want when they want.try punishment ,get they cops called on you.you wanna dance to the tune pay the fiddle player...

  • OGE Aug 8, 2011

    I called it!!! Coming and going back to a party...so who supplied the alcohol that impaired this 17 year olds judgement and caused her to kill 2 of her friends? I was also correct about it being a Nissan Pathfinder.(patting myself of the back)
    AirBorne Daddy

    This was all her fault.

  • wildcat Aug 8, 2011

    I feel sorry for the families, but perhaps they should tuck their kids in bed to be on the safe side.

    teenagers don't allow that. small children likes it.

  • callme4avon Aug 8, 2011

    The last time I heard about this, she was just charged w/ DWI, where are the manslaughter charges? I feel sorry for the families, but perhaps they should tuck their kids in bed to be on the safe side.

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  • wildcat Aug 8, 2011

    comments please...slow coming. thanks.

  • wildcat Aug 8, 2011

    a 17 year old out at 2am..

    no decent young lady even if they are "30" would be out after hours. A respectful young lady and even in their 30's would find themselves home at a decent time. A decent man would respect that!