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Search on for driver who hit, killed two teens

Posted January 17, 2016 6:44 a.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2016 9:05 a.m. EST

— Two teens were killed and another teen was injured late Saturday night when they were hit by a car while walking on U.S. Highway 421 in Harnett County, authorities said.

According to investigators, Jennafer Schark, 13, and Kyle Strait, 16, both of Broadway, and Steven Daniels, 14, of Sanford, were walking home from a gas station about a half a mile away from the home after grabbing some snacks at about 11 p.m. when they were hit.

Schark’s sister, Jessyca Schark, 17, was also with the group at the time of the crash.

“The truck just came up behind us and swerved off the road,” said Jessyca Schark. “I called 911 and started yelling for help.”

Jennafer Schark and Strait were pronounced dead at the scene, and Daniels was taken to Central Carolina Hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition. The driver fled the scene.

“It happened so fast,” said Jessyca Schark. “A big white truck, like they came out of nowhere and then sped up.”

She said that the truck also had a loud exhaust pipe. Police are now searching for the driver who left the scene.

“If they confessed, it would help a little in dealing with it,” said Jessyca Schark. "I'm just waiting for them to catch this person."

Authorities said the teens were hanging out together and the boys had planned to have a sleepover at Strait's house. Jessyca Schark said she and her sister spent the evening taking pictures and doing each other’s make-up.

“We were best friends. [She was a] goofball kind of person. She loved joking around,” said Jessyca Schark of her sister.

Jessyca Schark was struggling with shock and regret following Saturday night’s incident.

“I wouldn’t have let my sister come. I would have gotten her further away from the road. I kind of regret going out last night,” she said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-334-7411 or 910-893-5704.