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Four teens injured in Edgecombe County wreck

Posted February 19, 2012 1:06 p.m. EST
Updated February 20, 2012 12:54 a.m. EST

— Four teenagers were injured early Sunday morning when the car they were in crossed the center line and wrecked in a ditch off N.C. Highway 33 south of Tarboro, State Highway Patrol officials said. 

The wreck happened around 4:15 a.m. when the driver of the car, 18-year-old Timothy Suggs, of Rocky Mount, fell asleep at the wheel. The car crossed the center line went on to the grass, flew airborne over a water-filled ditch and crashed on the other side.

Suggs was ejected from the car, authorities said, and was in serious condition Sunday morning. 

Timothy Dickens, 18, William Ruffin II, 18, and Randy Higgs, 18, were all passengers in the car at the time of the wreck. Ruffin and Higgs were taken to the hospital and listed in serious condition Sunday.

Dickens, who was in the front passenger seat, called authorities after the wreck. He sustained minor injuries. All four teens were taken to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital following the wreck.

Ruffin's godmother, Jackie Jones, said his injuries are life-threatening.

"It's praying time for two of them," she said. "Don't take driving for a joke and, if you're tired and feel like you can't drive, don't drive."