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Teen driver killed in Harnett County chase

Posted June 29, 2011 9:48 p.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2011 10:36 a.m. EDT

— A 16-year-old driving a stolen Jeep was killed in a wreck during a chase with a Harnett County deputy Wednesday evening, Sheriff Larry Rollins said Thursday.

A deputy tried to stop a 2004 Jeep Liberty that was speeding north along N.C. Highway 87 around 6:45 p.m., Rollins said.

The driver – identified as Lorenzo F.C. Knights-McWhite, of Cameron – didn't stop and turned right onto Buffalo Lakes Road, the sheriff said. He lost control of the Jeep about 1½ miles down Buffalo Lakes Road and wrecked.

The Jeep overturned several times, tossing out Knights-McWhite and his 16-year-old passenger.

Knights-McWhite was declared dead at the scene.

His passenger, whose name wasn't released, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated.

Rollins said that investigators learned that the Jeep had been reported stolen at Fort Bragg on June 20. No charges have been filed.