14-year-old hospitalized after a car wreck

14-year-old hospitalized after a car wreck in Johnston County

February 27, 2011 3:11:47 PM PST
Deputies say a father sent his 14-year-old son without a license to the store, when he sped around a curb and crashed in Johnston County. The teen was on his way to pick up an extension cord for his father, Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say he was driving his father's extended cab pick-up truck down Surles Road in Johnston County when he sped around a curb, went left of the center, and overcorrected. This caused the pick-up to roll over twice and ejected the teen from the vehicle.

Officials say the 14-year-old was speeding, driving without a license and not wearing his seatbelt.

"I heard it actually, before I saw it, and whenever he did the flips- he had like a bright orange shirt on, and I saw him flying through the air," Eyewitness Melissa Weeks said.

Weeks saw the teen crash and called 911.

"When I ran over there, he was breathing and everything-he acted like he was fine- his arm was like, totally messed up- it was horrible," she said.

Troopers say he suffered injuries to his arm and leg. The teen was taken to Wake Med Hospital for treatment, but his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

"He did say that he was hurting really bad, and that he wanted his mama," Weeks said. "He wasn't crying though- to be 13, 14 year old." "He was acting like a grown man about it."

Highway patrol deputies have charged the father with permitting an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.

There is no word yet on the names of the victim or the father who has been charged in the wreck.

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