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Two die in coastal N.C. wreck

Posted August 29, 2010 2:01 p.m. EDT
Updated August 30, 2010 12:13 p.m. EDT

— Two 18-year-old men were killed in a wreck in Carteret County Saturday that also injured two 17-year-old girls and the family of an elementary school principal.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Miles Moorman, of Bahama, was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord that turned into the path of a Chevrolet SUV on Harker's Island and Straits roads around 8:30 p.m.

Moorman and Brantley Pearce, of Durham, were killed. Moorman was a student at the Durham Performance Learning Center, and Pearce graduated from Riverside High School.

Kristen Terry and Kimberly Frey, passengers in Moorman's car, were taken to Pitt Memorial Regional Hospital in Greenville, troopers said.

A Pitt Memorial spokeswoman said Frey, who friends say was dating Pearce, was in fair condition Saturday. Terry's condition was not available. The Durham teens are students at Northern High School.

Troopers identified the driver of the SUV as Christopher Yeomans, 45, the principal of Smyrna Elementary School. His wife, Kathy, 49,  daughter, Caroline, 14, and her boyfriend, Jaden Fulcher, 14, were also in the vehicle, troopers said.

Everyone in the SUV, except for Kathy Yeomans, was treated and released from Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

Kathy Yeomans remained Sunday at Pitt Memorial with two broken legs, troopers said.

Moorman was driving back to Durham from a beach trip at the coast when the crash happened. His friends say he will be missed.

"If you needed a laugh, you just went and found Brantley and he would get the job done," friend Nick Fowler said.

"No matter what kind of mood you're in, the second he (Brantley) walked in the room, he lit everyone up," friend Jill Pennigar said.

Fowler says he and Pearce were also close friends.

“He was like a brother to me. He just was always there if I needed him. All I had to do was call him,” Fowler said.