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ALE investigating Wake Forest teen's death

Posted October 13, 2008 1:18 p.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2008 7:59 p.m. EDT

— Agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement say they are investigating where an 18-year-old got alcohol prior to the crash that killed him early Sunday morning.

Jarret O. Satchell, of Wake Forest, was driving east on Purnell Road around 12:49 a.m. Sunday when his vehicle went off the pavement near Wolverton Fields Drive.

Authorities said they are investigating a rumor that there had been a party at Satchell's house that evening but declined to comment further about the case.

ALE statistics show that agents have filed 36 aiding and abetting charges in Wake County this year for underage drinking cases.

Friends said Satchell left a gathering at his house after getting upset about a girl. It was unclear where he was headed when the wreck occurred, about a mile from his house.

State troopers said they believe Satchell was going an estimated 70 mph in a 50 mph zone when his car went off the right side of the road, he over-corrected, and the car crossed the center line. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle as it went airborne, struck a pole, hit two trees and overturned, authorities said.

Satchell was a 2008 graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, where he played soccer, and had been home for fall break from East Carolina University.

Relatives said Monday he was a considerate teen who often helped others.

"Jarret was an Eagle Scout with a 4.4 GPA," his uncle, David Hegel said. "He looked out for everyone else."

Friends mourned his death Sunday evening with a candle light vigil and have set up a fund to help his family with funeral expenses.

Donations can be made at Capital Bank, 12217 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest.

Funeral arrangements are pending.