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Rocky Mount High student killed in crash

Posted October 27, 2014

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— A Rocky Mount High School senior was killed Sunday in a crash on U.S. Highway 64, police said.

Tiara Lashay Hinton, 17, was in a car with three other teens in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala that collided with a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup at about 2:40 p.m. in the 400 block of eastbound U.S. 64 in Rocky Mount, according to a police report. She died at the scene.

The other teens, Kevon Terrel Whitehead, 17, Jaequez Lefenne Jones, 18, and Raiche DeLoach, 17, were all taken to Nash General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Whitehead and Jones are juniors at Rocky Mount High.

The driver of the pickup, Wayne Douglas Melton II, 46, was uninjured.

Police didn't release details of the crash, which remains under investigation, including whether Hinton was driving the Impala. No charges have been filed.

Cpl. Brad Sullivan of the Rocky Mount Police Department said speed is being looked at as a factor in the crash because it happened on a highway. He said that doesn't necessarily mean investigators will find that someone was driving over the speed limit.

Hinton was a member of Rocky Mount High's varsity volleyball and girls' basketball teams, as well as the school track team, officials said.

Grief counselors were at the school Monday, where many students cried throughout the day, said Eric Moore, a student at the school.

"She was very inviting, so when you were around her, you just felt open to talk to her," he said. "She was just really really nice."


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  • jwsawyer Oct 28, 2014

    This story repeats itself over and over. A car full of teenagers is a receipt for disaster. We need to have a parent in the car until the kids are at least 18. Parents must step up.

  • mcraineycrazies Oct 27, 2014

    so so sad, the girl sounds like she was awesome at sports : ( prayers to her family and friends

  • Christopher Rose Oct 27, 2014
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    My sympathies to her family. It's always so hard to loose one so young, innocent, and just getting started in life. A terrible tragedy.

  • rgunter1955 Oct 27, 2014

    Pretty sad for any teen to die so early in life !

  • ecp1951 Oct 27, 2014

    prayers for the family and friends. pretty young girl who has left us too soon.

  • Beth Miller Oct 27, 2014
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    rest assure they did. They didn't publish it in the newspaper or anywhere else until this afternoon.

  • ytb781pearl Oct 27, 2014

    Prayers to the family. My heart breaks for her mama.

  • LetsBeFair Oct 27, 2014

    so sad ... sure hope all members of her family heard of this before this report took place.

  • moomoo Oct 27, 2014

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    It is very sad when anyone of any age dies in a traffic accident or any other accident. But in reply to your statement about "supervised by an adult while driving until they turn 18", why age 18 and who is going to supervise the adult?. There are many more traffic deaths by drivers over 18 than under 18.

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Oct 27, 2014

    RIP beautiful young lady. Prayers to the family.