A man has been charged in the death of four teens following a fatal wreck Thursday on U.S. 264.
The State Highway Patrol said Friday that Abby Foster, 18, John Winstead, 17, Devin Wilson, 15, and Madison Wilson, 18, were killed when a box truck crossed the median into the southbound lane.
The incident took place at 11:43 a.m. a little over a mile north of the Greenville city limits. The patrol said that the truck was traveling north when it ran off the road to the left and crossed through the median cable. The vehicle occupied by the teens, a small passenger car, was struck head on by the truck.
Three of the victims died at the scene, said George Darden IV, chief at the Red Oak Fire Department in Greenville. The fourth victim died during surgery at Vidant Medical Center.
A fifth victim sustained almost no physical injuries, Darden said. He is a relative of the Wilsons.
Madison Wilson was expected to graduate today from SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Her brother, Devin, also killed in the wreck, was a ninth-grader at the school. The two lived in Edgecombe County south of Tarboro and attended church in Belvoir.
John “J.T.” Winstead was a baseball player at Tarboro High School.
Foster was a graduate of Farmville Central High School, where she played softball. She also played softball at Pitt Community College.
The highway patrol reported that the collision was determined to be caused by the box truck’s exceeding safe speed for the conditions. The driver, Alberto Pedraza III, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Edgecombe County Public Schools issued the following statement about the wreck:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of three of our students, as well as a young adult from a neighboring county,” the statement said. “These students will be greatly missed by the students and staff members of SouthWest Edgecombe High School, Tarboro High School and the entire ECPS community. We send our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to their family and friends during this unspeakable time.”