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

Posted April 12
Updated May 1

— 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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  • Pete Knowles Apr 30, 4:49 p.m.
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    I think WRAL should at least amend this story, or possibly consider taking it down due to the tragic event in the past day.

  • Geoffrey Noel Apr 30, 10:25 a.m.
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    Injuries sustained from falling down an embankment.

  • Geoffrey Noel Apr 30, 10:23 a.m.
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    Unfortunately, Nick Jenkins passed away today from injuries suffered in a suicide attempt this week. Please pray for his family.

  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 29, 5:02 p.m.
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    That he is not being charged is just so wrong; and so is the mother who made the illegal u-turn on 95. I'm sorry her child was killed, but other innocent people were also injured because of her CARELESS AND WRECKLESS act. Both of these incidents weren't accidents, they were both willful criminal behaviors, and deserve, at a minimum, a charge and probation.

  • Brenda Love Apr 29, 2:05 p.m.
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    We still don't know how this young lady died.

  • Matt Page Apr 29, 6:40 a.m.
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    He's clearly not the brightest bulb

  • Mark Card Apr 29, 1:41 a.m.
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    Such a beautiful, young girl, what a tragedy, and for a parent nothing could be worse..,

  • 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.

  • 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.