FRANKLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A teen is dead and another injured after a crash in Franklin County, the State Highway Patrol has confirmed.
The wreck happened as the two friends were headed to school Tuesday morning, the father of one of the victims said.
“My heart dropped,” said Harvey Bolden, the father of Jamariuse Quan Gibbs, 17, who was killed in the wreck. “He had just left out of the house to go to school. He told me he loved me.
At about 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, state police responded to a single-vehicle wreck on Cedar Creek Road.
Troopers believe Timothy Henry Coley, 18, of Franklinton was driving east when he lost control of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta he was driving, traveled across and then off the road and struck a fence.
Gibbs, also of Franklinton, died at the scene, the State Highway Patrol said.
Coley was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers believe speed contributed to the wreck, and charges are pending.
Bolden said Gibbs was his only biological son. Gibbs wanted to become a veterinarian and work with animals, especially horses, he said. He was constantly doing things like going on trail rides, his father said.
Gibbs and Coley were good friends, he said. Gibbs usually rode the bus to school, but Tuesday morning he got a ride with Coley, Bolden said.
“Tonight that door knob is not going to turn, and I know he’s not coming in, so it’s going to take day-by-day for me to process this,” Bolden said. “Everybody else’s children get to come home. Mine ain’t coming home.”
Also Tuesday, Franklin County school officials released the following statement:
The loss of a student is indescribably difficult. As a district, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gibbs family and all those involved in this tragic incident and we will continue to do all that we can to support our community.
As of this morning, grief counselors have been on campus at Franklinton High School to support our students and staff. School officials have made the media center available for students to gather as needed as they work through this difficult time.