September 3, 2007
Three teenagers were killed and three others were hospitalized after the pickup truck they were riding in veered off the road and crashed into an embankment, state police said Sunday.
Police say the six teenagers were all girls between the ages of 14 and 17. State police have released the identities of the three girls that were killed.
Police spokesman Sergeant Michael Conroy says 17-year-old
Brianna Peak of Dugspur and 14-year-old Ashley Leonard of Cana were pronounced dead at the scene. Fourteen-year-old Allison Rebecca Turman was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, where she was pronounced dead.
Three other girls were treated and released from the hospital. Conroy says it appears three of the girls were in the passenger compartment and three were in the truck bed. The accident happened in Carroll County. Authorities say that speed does appear to have been a factor.
The driver of the truck was underage and unlicensed. Officials say she was driving the 2000 Dodge Dakota out of a curve when she ran off the road to the right, overcorrected then ran off the road to the left, hitting an embankment and overturning. Police say the car then caught fire.