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Selma teen killed in wreck on the way to church

Posted March 2, 2014

— A 16-year-old girl died on her way to church Sunday morning after her Honda Civic overturned in a stream about a mile from her Selma home, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Lanie Margaret Bizzell, was traveling north on N.C. Highway 96 near Dunn Road around 8 a.m. when she went off the road, hit an embankment, flipped and landed upside down submerged in the water, authorities said.

Troopers said Sunday evening that the wreck is still under investigation but that initial findings found that speed was not a factor and that there was no evidence of braking.

Friends have created a group memorial on Facebook for Bizzell, who was a junior at Johnston County Middle College High School at Johnson Community College.

Friends posted that Bizzell was known for her hugs and always made people feel special and welcome.

"Lanie lived every day loving the Lord and living out His plan for her," one person posted. "She is with Him and watching over each and every one of us now. We have a beautiful guardian angel now."


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  • 678devilish Mar 4, 2014

    My condolences to her family and many friends. Keep her memories for they are precious. Continue to hold on to God's unchanging hand and He will see you through this difficult time. All of you are in my prayers.

  • btneast Mar 4, 2014

    [bYet another tragic accident that could have been avoided if NC would fix their roads that were designed for 1960 traffic -- narrow roads, no shoulders, sharp curves, poor road materials][/b] There isn't enough money in the world to put up guard rails at every potential threat on the roadways. If you want to see bad secondary roads, go to some other states. Virginia has many secondary roads that are not much more than a thin layer of very rough asphalt. NC has some of the best secondary roads in the nation. Something distracted this young lady I think, coupled with her inexperience behind the wheel likely is the cause.

  • aprilhunter220 Mar 3, 2014

    No relation to the Sheriff of Johnson County?

  • truevfib Mar 3, 2014

    This isn't the first wreck that has landed someone in this creek. Maybe 5 on ur side should pressure the DOT to make this a safer roadway

  • annemarek Mar 3, 2014

    So sorry. Another young life lost.

  • chargernut69 Mar 3, 2014

    Yet another tragic accident that could have been avoided if NC would fix their roads that were designed for 1960 traffic -- narrow roads, no shoulders, sharp curves, poor road materials, etc. C'mon NC DOT let's improve our roads so that we can save lives !

  • slickchris Mar 3, 2014

    poor girl it just seems like Johnston County is taboo for teen drivers I lived in Selma for 10 yrs before moving back to Raleigh but anyway my prayers go out to her and her family

  • scoobydoojr1997 Mar 3, 2014

    She was such a great friend. Ive known her for a while like more than 7 years. I wish she didn't have to go so early. Im truly gonna miss her I almost cryed this morning at school durin the Moment of Silence. Its hard when a good friend goes from here. It was latterly like not even 3 miles from my house where the tragedy happened. May God be with you always.

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 3, 2014
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    Condolences to her family and friends

  • LetsBeFair Mar 3, 2014

    This is really sad ... coulda been anything, Text Monster, blow out, deer ... something. Very very sad though, sounds like she was a good kid.