Fayetteville teenager killed in Bladen County crash, two injured

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BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. – Authorities said one teenager was killed and two others injured in a crash in Bladen County Friday afternoon.

WTVD reported that it happened just before 4 p.m. in the westbound lanes of N.C. Highway 53 at Gum Springs Road.

Officials said the driver and front seat passenger were ejected when a Yukon SUV hit a power pole, snapped it in half, and then flipped three times.

Authorities said the driver was killed and the front and back seat passengers both injured.

The driver was identified as 17-year-old William “Cole” Humphrey, of Fayetteville. He was a student at Cape Fear High School.

Cape Fear High’s principal described Humphrey as an exemplary student and member of the community.

Officials said the injured passengers were taken to Bladen County Hospital. Neither was seriously injured.

Authorities said the group was heading back to Fayetteville from Myrtle Beach at the time of the crash.

The Highway Patrol said there is no indication that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

“Cole Humphrey was the type of student that made it easy to be a principal. He was a leader for all of the right reasons. He did what was right among his fellow classmates and his friends. It was very evident that he honored his God, his family, his school and his community with a tremendous passion,” said Principal Lee Spruill, according to WTVD. “Cole was the true depiction of what being a Cape Fear Colt means and he will be greatly missed by all.”

Read more: WTVD.