FAIRMONT, NC (WMBF) – A crash along NC 41 Monday night left two teens dead and three others in the hospital.
Sgt. Hilburn with the North Carolina Highway Patrol tells WMBF News that the accident occurred around 8:28 p.m. Monday when a 1994 Ford Thunderbird traveling northbound on NC 41 ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree about 1.1 miles south of Fairmont.
The driver of the vehicle was 18-year-old Dymaggio Alexander Gilchrist of Lake City. Devont'e Shaquan Govan, 17, of Marrietta, NC was a passenger in the front seat. Gilchrist and Govan were wearing seatbelts, Hilburn said.
Tyreke Addison, 18, of Lumberton, 18-year-old Nokolma Hunt of Fairmont and 18-year-old Darius McCallum of Orrum were passengers in the back seat of the vehicle. None of the back seat passengers were restrained.
Hilburn says the road was wet at the time of the accident and they believe the vehicle was traveling at 55 miles per hour, and 50 mph at the time of impact. The posted speed limit on that portion of road is 55.
All five teens were transported to South Eastern Regional Medical Center, and McCallum was later transported to Duke. His condition is unknown at this time.
Nokolma Hunt and Tyreke Addison died as a result of their injuries.
Michael Baker, Athletic Director for Fairmont HS, tells WMBF News that Hunt played football for four years as a running back and defensive back, and baseball for four years.
Tyreke Addison played baseball as center fielder, was a running back and played basketball for Fairmont High School. An All County football player during his junior year, Addison had plans of going to play baseball at Chaw University.
Hunt and Addison had just graduated from Fairmont High in June, and the Athletic Director says they were best friends. They were good kids, he says.
All five of the teens in the vehicle were Fairmont students. Gilchrist was All County football player this year, and is going to Malone University in Ohio.