12 charged in fatal teen crash

The red pickup truck rolled over in the shoulder of the road. (Carter Rabil)
February 28, 2013 10:27:34 AM PST
Investigators with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety charged 12 people Thursday in a rollover crash that killed a Cleveland High School student in Johnston County.

William Lee Tippett, 18, of Garner died in the February 16 accident in the 2200 block of Josephine Road in the Cleveland area.

Investigators said Bryan Davis Gilmore, 17, of Smithfield, was driving a red pickup that ran off the road and flipped several times. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has charged Gilmore with felony death by vehicle, DWI, and reckless driving.

"This senseless death is an unfortunate reminder of the extremely serious problems associated with underage drinking, driving while impaired and providing alcoholic beverages to minors," said Secretary Kieran Shanahan, Department of Public Safety.

The Alcohol Law Enforcement Division has also charged the following people:

  • Carl Jerome Watson, 21, of Clayton - 16 counts of aid and abet underage persons in purchasing and possessing more than 60 malt beverages.
  • Joseph Cole Brewer, 16, of Clayton - 11 counts of aid and abet underage persons in possessing malt beverages, underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana. Brewer allegedly paid Watson for a portion of the malt beverages and hosted an underage party at his residence.
  • Bryan Davis Gilmore, 17, of Smithfield - Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Jordan James Sansoucie, 16, of Clayton -  Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Matthew Edward Blehm, 17, of Clayton - Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Cameron Jerome Grantham, 17, of Raleigh - Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Raykwon Shaheed Cooley, 16, of Clayton - Underage possession of a malt beverage
  • Nathan Alexander Causby, 17, of Clayton - Underage possession of a malt beverage
  • Jermaine Lamont Johnson, 17, of Clayton - Underage possession of a malt beverage
  • William Dontre Joyner, 18, of Clayton - Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Emir Gutierrezfiallos, 18, of Smithfield  - Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and driving a motor vehicle without a license
  • Austin Drake Knight, 17, of Clayton - Underage possession of a malt beverage






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