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Jordan High student dies after Durham crash

Posted September 20, 2013
Updated September 21, 2013

— A Jordan High School student died Friday after police said his vehicle crossed the center line and into the southbound lanes on Highway 55 in Durham. 

Police said the crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. when 16-year old Tyreic Elyja Hemphill's 1997 Honda Civic crossed the median and traveled into the path of a 1990 Oldsmobile Delta 88 driven by Patrick Bailey, 36, of Durham. 

According to investigators, Bailey hit his brakes, but was unable to avoid a collision. The crash caused both cars to go down an embankment. 

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Hemphill was trapped in his vehicle for several minutes before he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. 

In a statement released Saturday by Jordan High School Principal Jerome Leathers the 16-year-old senior is described as a bright young man. 

"Remembering just a couple of days ago we were talking in the hallway about getting his college applications in order and anticipating graduation on June 11, 2014. Everyone here at Jordan High School will miss Tyreic dearly and our thoughts go out to his family and friends," Leathers said. 

Bailey was taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. 


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  • Jack Flash Sep 23, 2013

    He would have been 17 next month. He was young for a senior. I'm not sure what the exact restrictions on someone that age would be if driving to work at 4:30 in the afternoon.

  • mewuvbb Sep 23, 2013

    wondering if there was a licensed driver with Tyreic, as the story states he was 16. Prayers to the family and your loss of someone with so much potential

  • Jack Flash Sep 23, 2013

    While it shouldn't make anyone else's death any less tragic, Tyreic was an Honors student from a great family. The principal was quoted elsewhere saying he was 42nd in his class. Jordan High School sends way more graduates than that every year to Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, NCSU, Davidson, UVa, UMichigan, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and a few Ivy League schools, so Tyreic was probably headed somewhere pretty prestigious for college.

    Like I said, no one's life is more or less worthy of mourning, but it can often be easier to see what a horrible loss it is when someone with so much potential dies.

  • mike honcho Sep 23, 2013

    Very sad, thoughts and prayers for the family.