COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A 17-year-old driver is facing charges after being involved in a four car crash that killed three people, according to the Tabor-Loris Tribune.
According to the media outlet, Jaquan Wandaris King, 17, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center, and driving without a license.
State Highway Patrol Troopers say it happened at 10 p.m. Friday, near the intersection of Gaston Sellers Rd. and U.S. 701, just south of Whiteville.
According to troopers, King tried to pass the vehicle in front of him in a No Pass Zone. Troopers said the teen realized he wouldn't make it, so King reportedly darted back into his lane hitting the fender of the vehicle in front of him.
78-year-old Pearlie James Brown was driving the vehicle that was hit. Troopers said the collision caused Brown to lose control of his car, crashing head-on with a third car.
Eight-year-old Brittany Marie Long and 13-year-old Brenda Inez Acosta were in that third car and were killed in the crash, according to Columbus County Assistant Coroner William Hannah. Brown also lost his life in the collision, according to Hannah.
Debris from the collision hit a fourth car, causing damage to the car, but no one was injured in that vehicle.
There were three teenage passengers in King's car who suffered minor injuries.
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