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Warrants: Brother bought booze for teen who died after leaving Leesville Road crash

Posted April 12

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— In investigating the death of Lauren Maria Jenkins, 17, after a car crash at the intersection of Leesville and Oneal roads last month, authorities have found that her older brother bought alcohol for Jenkins and two friends before the accident.

In applying for a warrant to search her car, an agent with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency wrote that he learned from state troopers that Nicholas (Nick) Scott Jenkins "had purchased alcohol for them at an ABC store with money provided by the underage persons."

Lauren Jenkins, a Leesville Road High School student, was found dead about 36 hours after the crash.

A woman who called 911 to report the crash told the dispatcher that her husband went outside to check after hearing the impact and saw "a woman running down the road hysterical."

Trooper D. Gray said Jenkins failed to yield as she attempted to make a left turn and pulled in front of a car driven by Carly Brown. Gray said Brown told him Jenkins appeared to be injured as she and another girl in her car walked and then ran off after the crash.

Although investigators have not determined whether Jenkins' drinking contributed to the crash, Gray told the ALE agent that he found a bottle of cognac in the car at the scene.

An application for a warrant to search Lauren Jenkins' iPhone says Gray obtained video of her "and several other youthful looking individuals in a hotel room consuming from what appeared to Hennessy Cognac and Cruzan Rum."


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  • Erika Phipps Apr 13, 12:22 p.m.
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    The brother was wrong to buy her the booze, and should be charged for that crime, but she was 17, not 7. She knew better than to ask for/accept illegal alcohol, and then consume it, and certainly to then drive with it in her system. She's responsible for her behavior, and tragically her own demise.

  • Jj Parker Apr 13, 12:01 p.m.
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    Seems to be Nick needs to be jailed for life

  • Clarence Drumgoole Apr 13, 8:05 a.m.
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    "News", newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events:
    News, not everyone concern.

  • Fred Neopolitano Apr 12, 8:17 p.m.
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    Wow- this guy is bad news. And while I don't always appreciate WRAL's clear liberal slant, I think they are just reporting this story as it is news.

  • Greg Smith Apr 12, 6:15 p.m.
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    This isn't the first time he has made news.

  • Mike Wells Apr 12, 4:15 p.m.
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    This story is sad no matter which side you look at it. I have not heard if it has passed. A bill is being voted on to raise the amount a beer a micro brewery can brew. Why? is there not enough beer in NC? I recently saw this article published in the Charlotte Observer There's a reason N.C. is such a great beer state | The Charlotte Observer; http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article9122591.html
    Remember back when, tobacco was big in tobacco. All of sudden everyone was against the tobacco companies because tobacco was bad for you. How long will it take for the State of NC to understand? The pockets are being lined with the liquid gold. Such as shame so many lives are being lost do to alcohol.

  • Jeff Freuler Apr 12, 2:16 p.m.
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    Since she dies the BAC will have to come from the state medical examiners office which usually takes a couple of weeks

  • William Willets Apr 12, 1:16 p.m.
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    WRAL, please delete this and my duplicate post. I don't know what happened here.

  • Red Baird Apr 12, 1:16 p.m.
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    The staff at WRAL is doing what they're paid to do, reporting the news. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • William Willets Apr 12, 1:05 p.m.
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    Of course WRAL is kicking them while they're down. That's what brings in the dollars. This is a terrible tragedy for this entire family regardless of fault. The brother should, and probably will be charged with a crime. But more importantly, this is another excellent example of sensationalism and the erosion of objective journalism in America. The story talks about alcohol being involved but the headline screams BOOZE! Why?