SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Two people, including a 10th grader at East Surry High School, were airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday night following a single-vehicle crash near the school.
Crews responded to an accident near 330 Old Westfield Road around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday after a vehicle struck a tree near East Surry High School.
Sgt. Mitch Whitener with the North Carolina Highway patrol confirmed 15-year-old Jacob Pettitt, who plays soccer at East Surry High, was driving on a learner’s permit when he crashed.
As of 4 a.m. Thursday, Pettitt remained listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Darragh Boutis, 40, who is the mother of one of Jacob’s friends, was the passenger in the vehicle. She is listed in good condition.
Sgt. Whitener said Pettitt had just left the school following a game against South Stokes on Tuesday night and was showing the car to Boutis when he crashed.
Sgt. Whitener said Pettitt’s parents had just given their son the 2010 Nissan Maxima for his upcoming birthday.
According to Trooper Austin Beck, speed was a contributing factor in the crash. Officials are waiting on medical clearance to talk to either Pettitt or Boutis.
“We are very concerned about the student and his family. We hope and pray for the best possible outcome in this event,” said Sonia Dickerson, Director of Communications at Surry County Schools.
Students were notified of the accident on Wednesday morning. A student-led prayer circle was held outside the school before classes started.