Teens killed in crash

October 11, 2010 3:44:20 AM PDT
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning car crash that claimed the lives of two teens, another male, and critically injured another teen.

The accident happened just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning on NC 222 near Airport Road - about 2 miles east of Freemont.

Troopers say a car driven by 17-year-old Mark Aaron Pope of Fremont was speeding when he approached a curve, crossed the center line several times, hit a large ditch, and overturned the car. It landed on its roof.

Killed in the wreck were 18-year-old Ashley Nicole Haskins, 25-year-old Joshua Leon Brantley, and 17-year-old Jacob Allen Floars - all of Fremont.

Only the driver, Pope, was wearing his seatbelt. He was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Troopers estimate that Pope was travelling around 80 miles-an-hour in a 55 mile an hour zone.

There were no witnesses to the accident.

Troopers say excessive speed played a major factor in the crash and it is too early to tell if alcohol or drug use contributed to the wreck, which remains under investigation.

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