Vigil held for teen killed in crash

CLAYTON Brittney Megan Hicks, 19, was behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee headed east on Covered Bridge Road when she drifted off the road, overcorrected, lost control and hit a tree before overturning.

Police say she was not speeding and there were no other cars involved. They also say she was not wearing a seat belt.

A short time after the accident, her friends spray painted a message on Covered Bridge Road in her memory.

On Tuesday night, Hicks' friends, family and classmates gathered at Clayton High School to remember her and spread a message of safety.

Those people closest to Hicks are looking for closure, like her boyfriend Kalen Hill and hundreds of others; they're remembering her love of life.

"I loved her, I really did love her," Hill said. "She's crazy always had me laughing, she's pretty, beautiful, always had a smile on her face."

The principal says grief counselors will remain on hand to help Hicks' friends deal with her loss.

Hicks worked in the principal's office at Clayton High School. She was supposed to graduate next month. Hicks was planning to go to Johnston County Community College in the fall.

More than 22 teens have died on Johnston County roads over the last 3 years. Clayton High School is where troopers launched their Drive To Live campaign to crackdown on teen drivers earlier this school year.

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