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12 charged in connection with crash that killed NC teen

Posted on: 11:22 am, February 28, 2013, by , updated on: 11:23am, February 28, 2013

Photo credit: WTVD

Photo credit: WTVD

CLAYTON, N.C. — Twelve people face charges in connection with an alcohol-related crash that resulted in the death of a Cleveland High School student in Johnston County, WTVD is reporting.

William Lee Tippett, 18, of Garner, was killed in the accident, which happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Feb. 16 in the 2200 block of Josephine Road.

Tippett was riding in a Ford Ranger pickup driven by 17-year-old Bryan Davis Gilmore of Smithfield.  Troopers said Gilmore was driving about 85 mph in a 45-mph zone when he lost control in a curve and went off the road.  The truck then flipped several times.

Tippett, who was not wearing a seat belt, died after he was thrown from the truck, troopers said.

Gilmore and another passenger, 16-year-old Joseph Brewer of Clayton, were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where they were both treated and released.

Gilmore was charged after the crash with driving while impaired, reckless driving and being impaired under age.

On Thursday, state ALE agents also charged the following people, according to WTVD:

  • Carl Jerome Watson, 21, of Clayton – 16 counts of aid and abet underage persons in purchasing and possessing more than 60 malt beverages.
  • Joseph Cole Brewer, 16, of Clayton – 11 counts of aid and abet underage persons in possessing malt beverages, underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana. Brewer allegedly paid Watson for a portion of the malt beverages and hosted an underage party at his residence, WTVD reports.
  • Bryan Davis Gilmore, 17, of Smithfield – Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Jordan James Sansoucie, 16, of Clayton –  Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Matthew Edward Blehm, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Cameron Jerome Grantham, 17, of Raleigh – Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Raykwon Shaheed Cooley, 16, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
  • Nathan Alexander Causby, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
  • Jermaine Lamont Johnson, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage
  • William Dontre Joyner, 18, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage and possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana
  • Emir Gutierrezfiallos, 18, of Smithfield  - Underage possession of a malt beverage, underage purchase of a malt beverage, and driving a motor vehicle without a license
  • Austin Drake Knight, 17, of Clayton – Underage possession of a malt beverage

Source: WTVD