The North Carolina High Patrol is investigating an accident that killed two teens, including one from Wilmington, in Harnett County Wednesday evening.
According to officials, Brandon Patrick Punzalan, 18, of Wilmington, was driving a 2015 Honda Accord west on US 421 around 5 p.m. when he went left of center, ran off the left side of the roadway striking a guardrail, came back onto the road and hit a Duke Energy truck.
Punzalan and his passenger, Judson Clint Regan, 18, of Roxboro, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both teens were wearing seatbelts.
They were freshmen roommates at Campbell University. Punzalan was a pre-pharmacy major and Regan was majoring in homeland security.
The two occupants of the Duke Energy truck, identified as Ronald Leslee Gillis, 40, and Kyle James Smith, 23, were uninjured.
The Highway Patrol is still trying to determine why Punzalan lost control of his vehicle but authorities tell WRAL it might have been weather-related, as it was raining heavily prior to the crash.