Two students killed in Davidson Co. crash identified

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A dangerous curve on City Lake Road couldn’t stop a couple from Thomasville from seeing the site of a deadly wreck for themselves.

“Makes me want to cry,” said Everette Moore. “It’s heartbreaking, very heartbreaking. I mean when you see something like this I can see it being my children and it's just heartbreaking. All I can do is pray for them.”

The accident happened on City Lake Road near Pilgrim Church Road at about 4 p.m. Monday. Investigators say the driver lost control in a curve and flipped several times before hitting a tree.

Two backseat passengers, Johnathan Leonard, 18, of 3085 City Lake Road, and Kayleigh Campbell, 15, of 3182 Hickory Tree Road, Winston-Salem, died at the scene. They were not wearing seat belts, troopers say.

The driver, Jordan Deal, 16, of 716 Nifong Road, Clemmons, was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Denzel Campbell, 17, of Hickory Tree Road, Winston-Salem, was also airlifted to Baptist. According to state troopers, the pair are in critical but stable condition.

Investigators have not determined what caused the driver to leave the road, but speed was a factor.

“Speed probably was a factor in this,” said Sgt. Robert Abernathy, with the N.C. Highway Patrol. “On any secondary road we ask everybody to maintain their speed, especially with a curve.”

All students attended North Davidson High School.

Trevor Hatcher shared a class with Leonard. He said the group of boys were all into classic rock and hung out together a lot.

Hatcher said class on Tuesday was strange.

“It’s been different everybody has been quiet and you can just feel it in the air that nothing is the same,” said Hatcher.

Davidson County Schools released a statement about the students:

Today we are deeply saddened about the passing away of Kayleigh Campbell and Johnathan Reid Leonard.

According to our current information, Kayleigh Campbell’s brother, Denzel Caige Campbell is in critical condition and Jordan Deal is in stable condition.

The teachers and students were very much saddened by the news. Our focus is on supporting the family, students and staff members of North Davidson High School. Guidance counselors, social workers and support staff are on campus to provide counseling and support for the staff and students.

We are asking our school community for their thoughts and prayers for the families involved in this tragic accident and for all of the students and staff at North Davidson High School.

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