The North Carolina Highway Patrol has named four victims of a fatal Duplin County crash that followed a high-speed chase on Monday night, February 1.
They are 20-year-old Jordan Southers of Angier, 17-year-old Geavon Myles of Magnolia, 21-year-old Tavis Carroll of Dunn, and Amanda Serrano-Garcia of Lillington. They were found dead inside a Ford passenger vehicle that became submerged in a pond.
According to troopers, 20-year-old Darien Gayle was the lone survivor of the crash. A trooper threw a rope to him before the vehicle went under.
The Highway Patrol said investigators were still trying to figure out where each person was sitting when the crash occurred.
First Sergeant Christopher Knox said the vehicle was speeding along Highway 24 around 10:13 p.m. when a trooper tried to stop it. However, the driver didn’t stop and a chase ensued through Kenansville on Highway 24 and onto Highway 11 North.
The vehicle drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 11 and 903, ran off the road, struck a fence, and then went into the pond. It was quickly submerged in about 15 feet of water.
Gayle was taken to Vidant Duplin Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.
Officials said the car was pulled from the pond following a lengthy recovery mission involving Duplin County Search & Rescue and a local tow company.
The Highway Patrol’s Collision Reconstruction Unit will continue investigating the Duplin County crash.
If you suffered injuries in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence or you lost a loved one in this way, you may be eligible for compensation. A North Carolina car accident attorney can investigate and help you to build a case.