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Teens seriously injured in Johnston County wreck were on their way to church

Posted July 21
Updated July 22

— Two 17-year-olds were seriously injured in a single-vehicle wreck near the intersection of Bay Valley Road and Bunn Road around 7:10 p.m. Friday.

The driver was speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour, officials said. They were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car.

Both are in serious but stable condition at WakeMed.

The driver has been charged with speeding, careless and reckless driving and failure to wear a seatbelt. The passenger has been charged with failure to wear a seatbelt.

One of the victims said they were on their way to church at the time of the crash.

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  • Stacie Hagwood Jul 23, 10:36 a.m.
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    Perhaps this is a myopic comment, but my perception has been, where Johnston County teens are concerned, there is a culture of not only speeding on narrow country roads, but of not wearing seatbelts. The last one what flabbergasts me the most.

  • Woodrow Yonts Jul 22, 8:27 p.m.
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    There is no best here Linda, they are kids and kids will be kids. Some learn early some don't. It's a sad event, a lesson learned the hard way. Nothing else needs to be said. The best education and parenting does not always stop these things from happening. All we can to is teach and pray.

  • Linda Tally Jul 22, 6:44 p.m.
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    Info well worth keeping in mind, front and center, while driving. If it IS taught during driving class, it looks like at least one of this pair didn't understand it.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Jul 22, 5:44 p.m.
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    Bay Valley and Bunn Roads, are not roads that a vehicle can handle at 100 MPH. Obviously these kids found that out, in the worst way. Young, dumb and full of ......

  • Colin Burch III Jul 22, 5:44 p.m.
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    Do they teach in driver's ed how much the stability of a car changes at high speed. For example, to be able to control a car there must be friction between the tires and the road. A car going 45mph can go over a rise in the road and still have sufficient friction but at 100mph have almost zero. The outward force on a curve that is navigable at 55mph overwhelms the friction at 100 mph. Perhaps a video from the racing industry that explains all the things done to a car to make them able to go well over 100 mph and why a truly 'stock' car is not made to be safe at high speeds excepting a few sports cars regardless of how high the speedometer goes. A car traveling at 100 mph goes the length of a football field in 2 seconds. Not a lot of time to react to any unexpected event. The two examples given above were factors in two multiple teenage fatality accidents in recent years.

  • Patrick Gentry Jul 22, 5:19 p.m.
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    I knew the church my father made me attend had a Friday night youth night, every Friday night to keep teens from going to parties.

    But yeah definitely sounds like someone being dumb than trying to invoke the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to evade the legal consequences of their actions.

  • Haley Sessoms Jul 22, 3:36 p.m.
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    Wral believes them because that's they're headline lol

  • Norman Lewis Jul 22, 2:26 p.m.
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    And don't forget, they were also leaving Grandma's house after delivering food from the mission. How dumb do those kids think we are?

  • Haley Sessoms Jul 22, 1:36 p.m.
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    Must be the morphine talking lol

  • Linda Tally Jul 22, 10:59 a.m.
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    Going to church at over 100 mph on a Friday night. Okay... Best part of this story is that it was a SINGLE car accident. Guess everybody else was already at church, right?