Wake Forest 21-year-old killed in Boone accident

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Friday, January 23, 2015
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BOONE, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Boone Police Department had identified a 21-year-old killed in a car crash Thursday night as an Appalachian State University student from Wake Forest.

Investigators said Jacob Dylan Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene around 7:30 p.m. on N.C. Highway 105 near Dogwood Road.

The driver of the second vehicle was not seriously hurt.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Whitaker is the fifth Appalachian State University student to die during the current school year.

Police said this week that 19-year-old Mary Catherine Johnson of Raleigh was found dead in her dorm room. The school said no foul play is suspected but police are waiting for a medical examiner's report.

The body of a High Point student was found one week after she disappeared in September. Students from Harrisburg and Kernersville were found dead in November. Investigators found no evidence of foul play in those three cases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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