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Garner teen killed in crash

Posted June 2, 2009 5:05 p.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2009 11:45 p.m. EDT

— A Garner high school senior was killed Monday evening in a car wreck.

Roy Alexander Bryant, 18, died when he crashed into another car on U.S. Highway 70 in Clayton, troopers said.

Bryant attended Garner High School and was supposed to graduate this month.

“He had big plans. He was going to do a lot,” said Marietta Johnson, Bryant's mother.

Bryant planned to attend Wake Technical Community College and eventually take over his grandfather's business.

He was driving home from his grandfather's house in Clayton when the wreck happened. Troopers said Bryant was speeding around a corner when he lost control of the vehicle and skidded over the center line. A vehicle heading in the opposite direction slammed into his car.

"I was looking at the road when it happened. I saw it. I screamed two times to the top of my lungs,” witness Lisa Warrick said.

Troopers said Bryant was killed on impact.

"He looked like a child in an adult's body. I felt so bad.  I was praying that he was going to make it, but it was too late,” Warrick said.

Troopers said a woman, who was traveling with her 1-year-old daughter, was in the other vehicle.  She was driving the speed limit and tried to stop her car, but couldn't.

"You think that things won't happen to you, but it does. You have got to live life everyday like it is your last. Tell the people that you love, that you love them when you have the opportunity to do it, because you might not get a second chance,” Johnson said.

The woman and the child in the other vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The state Highway Patrol said Bryant was going at least 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. Troopers said they don't believe he was wearing his seat beat.