Pastor recalls Johnston County teen killed in crash

July 27, 2012 3:40:31 PM PDT
Some people in a small community in Johnston county are calling for changes at the intersection where a teen lost his life in a crash Thursday.

Thirteen-year-old Caden Allen was killed in the crash at N.C. Highway 55 at 242 near the Johnston-Sampson County line.

Allen's youth pastor spent Friday at the crash scene cleaning up a makeshift memorial that sprung up last night.

"He was just an amazing kid," said Jason Westbrook. "Words can't describe what he meant  to all of us.  Just can't do it."

Caden's dad, Curtis Allen, is a deacon at the church.  

The two had just left their home in Meadow Thursday morning when a box truck slammed into their PT Cruiser. Curtis and the two people in the truck were hurt but will be OK. Caden, however, died on the side of the road.

According to the DOT, there have been 22 accidents here at the intersection in the last ten years. Two of those accidents were fatal.  This is the third.  

The DOT has flagged this intersection because of the types of accidents that happen there, but so far, no changes.  People who live around the intersection said it's time.

"It is a bad intersection,' said Westbrook. "It may not meet the certain criteria to have a stoplight or something, but something can be done. Something can be done.

The DOT will do its own investigation and decide what, if any, changes should be made to the intersection, which could take weeks, maybe months.  

Still, Westbrook isn't focused on that right now.  Now is a time for healing and for faith.

"I believe if he could talk to all of us, he would say just hold on to your faith because it's worth it in the end," said Westbrook.

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