BUNN, N.C. (WNCN) – A 17-year-old Bunn High School student died when he was ejected from his vehicle during a traffic collision in Zebulon Monday afternoon, officials said.
Around 3:10 p.m., Kendall Fuller, 29, of Zebulon was driving a 2015 Toyota SUV down on John Winstead Road near Pearces Road when he attempted to turn left, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
Fuller’s SUV moved into the path of a 1998 Ford truck being driven by Jonathan Perry Jr., 17, of Youngsville.
Perry attempted to miss the SUV but his truck hit the front right of the Toyota before leaving the roadway and overturning, officials said.
Perry was ejected from the truck during the crash.
He was transported to WakeMed where he later died.
Friends of Perry gathered Tuesday near where the collision occurred.
“I knew that he got in a wreck but after they told me he passed away, I thought it was a joke,” said Jackson Neal. “It hits me, but I still deny it to myself cause I don’t want to face the fact that I lost a friend.”
Franklin County Schools released a statement saying grief counselors would be available at the school.
On Monday evening, school officials were notified that a student from Bunn High School was involved in a tragic car accident shortly after school released earlier that day. Franklin County Schools is deeply saddened by the loss of a student and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family involved in this tragedy.
School counselors at Bunn High have made plans to respond to the emotional needs of students and additional counselors from our district will be on-hand for support throughout the week.
“He wouldn’t want us to be down about it, but want us to go out and just act like he’s there and have fun and just remember him,” Neal said.
Fuller sustained minor injuries and was charged with misdemeanor by motor vehicle. Officials said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.