Speed Factor in Fatal Post-Prom Crash
Posted May 6, 2007 9:40 a.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2007 11:30 a.m. EDT
Youngsville, N.C. — A South Granville High School sophomore from Butner died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash in Franklin County, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
Anna Nicole Bullock, 15, was a passenger in a white Ford Mustang that was traveling north on Sid Mitchell Road when it ran off the road, hit a tree and flipped several times, troopers said. She was wearing a seat belt.
Speed appeared to be a factor, authorities said. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor, they said.
The driver of the car, Justin Norwood, 16, was seriously injured and was in fair condition at a local hospital Monday. Friends told WRAL that Norwood, who is also a student at South Granville High, had broken ribs, a broken pelvic bone and a collapsed lung.
Grief counselors were expected to be on the school campus Monday to help fellow students cope with the accident's aftermath.
Bullock had been at the school prom at the Wake County Shrine Club on Lead Mine Road in Raleigh, according to schools spokeswoman Jan Allen said.
Allen said a group including Bullock had said they wanted to go bowling in Raleigh after the prom ended at midnight, but officials did not know if they had done that before the accident.
Counselors will be at the school Monday morning to help staff and students, Allen said, and administrators scheduled an early morning meeting for the school staff to discuss the accident.
Bullock, an only child, was enrolled in the high school's Health and Life Science program, Allen said. She would have been 16 in July.
“Anna was unlike any child I’ve ever taught,” her teacher, Keesha Estes, said. “(She was) very smart, very intelligent. It’s a tragic loss, it really is.”
“Anna was such a good person, and she was just so full of everything,” said friend Amanda McIntyre. “And it’s just sad to know that someone that great is gone.”