WALNUT COVE, N.C. – Stokes County officials said two people were killed and two others injured in a car wreck late Friday night.
Authorities said 15-year-old Lester Levine and 20-year-old Brandon Ferris died after a Chevrolet pick-up truck and a car collided.
The victims were both in the car, which was headed northbound on the 3700 block of Hwy 89 in Walnut Cove around 11:55 p.m., officials said.
A witness said the pick-up’s driver crossed the center lane and hit the car. An investigation into the cause of the wreck is ongoing.
Authorities said Ferris was driving the car and Levine was in the backseat. Ferris’ 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend was also in the car.
She was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, along with the pickup’s 24-year-old driver, both with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Officials said Levine was pronounced dead at the scene and Ferris died while being taken to Pioneer Community Hospital in Danbury.
Levine was a freshman at South Stokes High School and Farris had graduated from there.
"I want him to be remembered as a sweet kind-hearted young man very intelligent, mature minded," said Catherine Levine, Lester's mother. "He'd take his shirt off his back for any person."
Troopers said the victims were on their way home from the movies at the time of the wreck.
Students from South Stokes High School took turns placing flowers and balloons along the roadside Saturday where the crash took place.
“We called each other brother, we called each other’s mom, mom,” said Micah Phillips, a friend of the victims. “You know you couldn't break that bond… it's just sad that they're gone.”
The driver of the pick-up may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck, so charges could be pending. Troopers are waiting to hear what the specific charges will be from the district attorney.
Students are already making T-shirts and planning a vigil for the victims Monday at South Stokes High School.
Authorities said the deaths of Levine and Ferris mark the third time this week a young person from Stokes County has died. Austin Brewster, 17, died after being thrown from a truck on Wednesday night.