Rocky Mount High student killed in crash
Posted October 27, 2014
Rocky Mount, N.C. — 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."