Vigil held for teen in Wal-Mart crash

June 8, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
Friends and family honored a Harnett County high school student Wednesday night who was killed in Wal-Mart parking lot crash.The crash happened last Friday at the Wal-Mart store on US 421 between Dunn and Erwin.

Ashley Moore was a passenger in a SUV driven by her boyfriend, 18-year-old Dillon Tart, when it smashed into the outside of the store. Tart broke his nose and fractured some ribs, but survived. Moore died from her injuries.

Zack Dickens and Lindsay Clark were among the 200 or so of Moore's Triton High School classmates and relatives who marched in silence in the Wal-Mart parking lot to shine a light on the 16-year-old's life.

They retraced the steps of the route where she was last seen alive.

"This is where she had the accident, so I just wanted to be respectful and have it out here," Dickens said. "People are taking it hard."

Witnesses say Tart was speeding when he plowed into two vehicles, flipped several times and slammed into the store.

"He said the last thing he remembers was being on US 421 driving pass Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ and then he blacked out and the next thing he knew he woke up in the hospital at WakeMed," Clark said.

Despite previous reports of the couple arguing, classmates say that never happened. They say Tart has epilepsy and they believe that caused the accident.

"If he hears real loud noises he has real bad seizures and everything and I think it was whenever she slammed the door it triggered it," Dickens said.

"I just know for a fact Dillon loves her and cares about her and always will no matter and I know he didn't do it intentionally," Clark said.

So far no charges have been filed. The Highway Patrol is expected to reconstruct the Wal-Mart parking lot crash this week.

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