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Man, 19, killed in wreck near Smithfield

Posted March 19, 2011 8:30 a.m. EDT
Updated March 19, 2011 11:22 a.m. EDT

— A 19-year-old man died when his car overturned east of Smithfield early Saturday, state troopers said.

Relatives said Stephen J. Best died in a wreck on Grabtown Road around 4 a.m. He was a graduate of Johnston County Middle College, a program that lets high school students earn their diploma and college credit.

Troopers said that Best was speeding and ran off the right side of Grabtown Road. He over-corrected, sending the car off the left side of the road. It struck a ditch and a couple trees before coming to a rest on its top.

Best was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital, troopers said. He was wearing a seat belt.

No other people or vehicles were involved in the wreck.