Four killed in NC bus crash involving football team have been identified


ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina State Highway has released the names of the occupants that died in Saturday’s collision on the U.S. 74 by-pass near Hamlet, N.C.

The driver of the bus, Brian Andre Kirkpatrick, 43, of Chester, S.C., was killed along with Devonte Gibson, 21, of Rock Hill, S.C.; Tito Agosinho Hamilton Jr., 19, of Pahokee, Fla.; and Darice Hicks, 10, Rock Hill, S.C.All Posts

According to a preliminary investigation, a 1993 MCI motor coach bus was traveling east on the U.S. 74 by-pass when the front left tire blew, causing the vehicle to travel out of control into the median. The vehicle then struck the median guardrail before sideswiping a concrete bridge column. It then continued a short distance before coming to a final rest.

At the time of the collision, the occupants were traveling from Rock Hill, S.C. to Fayetteville, N.C. to participate in a scheduled football game later that evening at the University of God’s Chosen. The players on the bus were from several colleges in the greater Rock Hill, S.C. area.