Investigators determined the vehicle was traveling toward NC 130 on Bridger Road at the time of accident, and appeared to have hit the left side of the bridge before landing in the water. (Source: WECT)
Caleb Smith died in a wreck in Shallotte on Wednesday. (Source: Lee Funeral Home)
SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) -
Two brothers that were involved in a fatal crash in Shallotte on Wednesday are in fair condition, a spokesperson for New Hanover Regional Medical Center said Friday.
Caleb Smith, a 13-year-old from Calabash, died in the crash, and 16-year-old Justice Harris and 19-year-old Devin Harris were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
According to the police department, officers responded to a 911 call about a wreck on Bridger Road at around 4 a.m.
911 caller: “I just heard a car coming to a stop and I heard a hit but I can’t see anything from my window.”
The vehicle was found submerged in about seven feet of water. Officers along with deputies from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Shallotte firemen quickly retrieved the three passengers from the vehicle, however one of the passengers, Smith, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Caleb is the son of Scott and Lisa Smith. Scott is a pastor at Waterbrook Community Church in Longs, SC. According to a church spokesman, the family has asked the church to not make any statements in regards to Caleb's death as they deal with this tragic accident.
The Smith family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Waterbrook Community Church. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Ground Zero at 904 Chester Street in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Headmaster Benjamin Rhodes says Caleb was a student at North Myrtle Beach Christian School. Rhodes says counseling will be available to all students, faculty, and staff.
Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, confirms that Justice Harris is a freshman at West Brunswick High School. Swencki says additional counseling services will be available to students and staff.
A spokeswoman for the Town of Shallotte said that the two brothers are the sons of former Shallotte police officer Tammy Monteforte, who served on the police force from Oct. 10, 2010, to Jan. 1, 2016.
Investigators determined the vehicle, a Honda Accord, was traveling toward NC 130 on Bridger Road at the time of accident, and appeared to have hit the left side of the bridge before landing in the water.
“It does not appear that the vehicle ran off the road, there are no marks,” Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said. “The accident is still under investigation. Shallotte officers, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department did a phenomenal job. I also want to thank the North Carolina Highway Patrol for their assistance.”
Mobile users can see pictures from the scene here.