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2 Triton High School students killed in Dunn wreck

Posted June 8, 2016 5:15 a.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2016 6:48 p.m. EDT

— An 18-year-old passenger died after a single-vehicle crash in Dunn on Tuesday night that also killed the 16-year-old driver.

Preston Wood, of Dunn, was driving a 2001 Ford Mustang on Ash Avenue when he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The car split into two pieces and ejected Wood, who was not wearing a seatbelt.

Family members told WRAL News that the car was a gift from Wood's grandfather.

Troopers said Wood died on impact. A passenger, identified as 18-year-old Kzon Crenshaw, of Dunn, was taken by helicopter to WakeMed in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries.

"They were like brothers. Every day, Preston came home from school, Kzon was with him," said Wood's grandmother, Willie Wood.

Tina Crenshaw, Kzon's mother, said he battled Meningitis as a 3-year-old and bone cancer at age 15.

Crenshaw said she told her son on Monday that God had a purpose for him after everything he'd endured in his life.

"That's why he kept bringing him out of all this stuff, and now for this to happen," she said. "I just don't understand. I know you're not supposed to question God, but he was my baby."

A Harnett schools spokesperson said both Wood and Crenshaw were students at Triton High School. Wood was a junior, and Crenshaw was a senior who was set to graduate on Saturday. Crenshaw planned to go to Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach after graduation.

Crenshaw's mother said cars were his passion, which is why he planned on enrolling at the Advanced Technology Institute in the fall.

Authorities said speed was a factor in the crash.