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Gaston Co. graduating senior killed in crash 1.2 miles from home

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Arielle Reid (WSOC photo)

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A Gaston County teenager who was set to graduate high school this coming weekend was killed in a car accident Sunday, WSOC reports.

Arielle Reid, 18, was riding with her father Sunday when he lost control of his 2014 Mercedes-Benz sedan and ran off the road, flipping into a stand of trees. The State Highway Patrol told WBTV the Reids were only 1.2 miles from home when the accident happened. Police suspect Arielle was not wearing her seat belt.

Friends told WSOC Reid was an honor student with an academic scholarship to N.C. State this fall.

“She had a very promising future in terms of her college selection and her plans for after graduation,” said Principal Denise McLean.

Monday morning, the senior class met with administrators and signed a special yearbook for Reid’s family.

Investigators said speed was a factor in the crash and said charges against Arielle’s father Michael Reid could be pending.


  • Maria

    As long as it was just speeding, no alcohol or drugs, nothing like that, I say no charges. The man killed his own child, he will punish himself. As a parent I would have said buckle up. However, what was the point in what kind of car he was driving?

  • Shae

    I understand he was speeding, and I’m no fan of speeding; but, I agree with an above commenter, this father has already been punished enough. He has to live with this every day of the rest of his life. This is just so heartbreaking. My prayers for this entire family. God rest her soul.

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