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Selma teen killed in wreck on the way to church

Posted March 2, 2014

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— 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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  • baldchip Mar 3, 2014

    Lanie was a very special young lady who loved her God as much as life itself. She was always ready to lend a hand in service to others.

    Nearly 100 teens with adult group leaders gathered last night in Clayton to mourn, hug, cry, and pray together. God bless them all.

    Prayers and blessings go to the Bizzell Family.

  • itsnotmeiswear Mar 3, 2014

    My daughter counted her as a friend, and by all accounts, she was a special young lady. Prayers for the family and friends.

    I don't know if the picture is just from an angle where it can't be seen, but I can't help but wonder why there is no guard rail next to a culvert that large and deep. There is no room for recovery.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 3, 2014

    How can there be no guard rail there? This could have been prevented and hopefully the DOT will put up some sort of barrier there before someone else suffers the same fate.

  • NO_COMMENT11235813 Mar 3, 2014

    Condolences to the family. Whatever the cause for the crash, I don't understand why this culvert doesn't have a guardrail.

  • K Hope Capps Mar 3, 2014
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    My heart is with her family and friends. It's terrible. I didn't know her, but this morning, I met someone who goes to her church and heard so many glowing things about her.

  • Boogalooboy Mar 3, 2014

    God Bless her family...

  • Amy Smathers Mar 3, 2014
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    Praying for all those who loved her. I am so so sad to hear of another young life lost. With that being said, it sounds like this young lady affected more lives in her short 16 years than many of us ever will. She sounds like a wonderful girl. :(

  • EnoughzEnough Mar 3, 2014

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    I've been asking the same question!! Unfortunately so many times the answer is that there has never been a severe accident at the location to justify the cost. How sad is it that there needs to be such a tragic event to justify something like that.

  • Nicki Baker Mar 3, 2014
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    I agree, I find it hard to believe there was no guard rail on this back road. Hopefully after this tragedy, the plan will be put into motion to install one. My thoughts & prayers are with her family.

  • 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.