Loved ones remember four teens killed in head-on crash in NC
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WRAL) - Four teenagers are dead after a two-vehicle collision in North Carolina.
Just before noon on Thursday, Alberto Pedraza was driving a box truck on Highway 264, going too fast for the rainy conditions. He lost control and crossed the median, crashing head-on with a car with five teenagers inside, according to officials.
He has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and exceeding a safe speed for the conditions.
Three of the teens died at the scene, while a fourth was taken to the hospital where they later died.
Friends and family are grieving the sudden, shocking loss.
One of the teens was a rising star on the softball field. Two of them were siblings -- with one set to walk across the stage this weekend.
- Abby Foster, 18, a graduate of Farmville Central High School, who was a rising Sophomore and student-athlete at Pitt Community College.
- Madison Wilson, 18, and her brother Devin Wilson, 15, both students at Southwest Edgecombe High School
- John Winstead, 17, a student at Tarboro High School and Madison’s boyfriend
Madison was set to graduate from Southwest Edgecombe High School tomorrow. According to her pastor, all she had been able to talk about was how excited she was to walk across the stage.
One of her family members said they are still processing the loss of Madison and her little brother Devin. This should have been a week of celebration, as she prepared to graduate – but it’s been turned into a nightmare.
Their pastor, Henry Parker of Belvoir Free Will Baptist Church, has been meeting with the family, who is trying to come to grips with losing their two children.
They are leaning on their faith to get them through this tragedy, he said.
“They’re going to hurt, they’re going to mourn, they’re going to cry. There’s nothing wrong with that. And I encourage them to do that. But they have a peace along with that knowing that their children are in the arms of Christ,” he said.
Pitt Community College students are holding a candlelight vigil for Foster, who was on the softball team, with a 6-2 record. She was described as “a leader on the field and a treasured friend to her teammates.”
Foster was enrolled in the Associate in General Education program at PCC and planned to study medical sonography at the college once she completed the program’s entrance requirements.
John Winstead was also a student-athlete, playing baseball at Tarboro High.
His coach, Zachary Parisher, said, “He was just a great kid. On the baseball field, in the classroom, everywhere.”
Those close to the victims say they’re still trying to understand how this could have happened.
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