The five Corinth Holders High School students had departed together after their fourth day back to school. It's not clear exactly where they were going, but we know the 16-year-old driver was determined to get there fast.
According to authorities in Johnston County, the teen was driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on Thanksgiving Fire Department Road in Selma, N.C. When the teen entered a curve about a half mile south of a nearby highway, he was traveling too fast to properly negotiate it. He lost control of the car, which launched onto the road shoulder and then into a field, overturning at least once before striking a utility pole. This resulted in one of the backseat passengers being ejected from the car.
The ejected passenger, 16, was transported to a hospital in Raleigh in critical condition. No one in the back seat had been wearing their seat belts. The other three passengers - two age 16 and one age 15 - were also treated at the Raleigh hospital, though their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.