Harnett student killed in crash, sister injured

April 18, 2012 2:15:22 PM PDT
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Friday morning that a student at Western Harnett High School was killed in a car crash just after 7 a.m. west of Lillington.

Investigators said the teen was apparently driving too fast in a 1998 Ford Explorer and lost control along a curve on Spring Hill Church Road between Farrar Road and Stancil Road.

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The SUV rolled twice. Ryan Austin Eatmon, 17, was declared dead at the scene.

Eatmon's 14-year-old sister, Devyn, who was a student at Western Harnett Middle School, was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn with a concussion and broken right arm. She has since been transported to WakeMed in Raleigh.

Both students were wearing their seatbelts.

Classmates and friends gathered Friday evening at a church to remember Ryan and mourn his loss.

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