Recent Northern Guilford High graduate dead after crashing into Guilford County pond; teenage passenger swims to safety

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- In the dark, a teenager was trapped in a sinking car in the frigid waters of a Browns Summit pond.

Cameron Burnett, 18, did not survive, but his friend, and passenger of the car, Malik King, was able to escape the vehicle.

A neighbor says Malik knocked on his door, dripping wet, asking for help.

Burnett's mom tells FOX8 the teens were just five minutes from home when their car crashed into the pond.

"Caller was a male subject. He advised he drove into the pond and his vehicle was filling with water," Guilford County dispatchers could be heard saying over the radio Friday evening.

It was just before midnight when Hillcroft Road was filled with flashing lights of first responders trying to rescue Burnett.

"He did advise he was still in the vehicle and hung up," adds the dispatcher.

"I was the first one on scene. At the time, rescue was on my mind," said Assistant Chief Mark Kallam, of Fire Station 13.

He and crews from all over Guilford County were doing everything they could to find Burnett, who had just graduated from Northern High School in the spring.

"Three [firefighters] jumped in without the safety of the drysuit," Kallam said.

On Monday, tire tracks could still be seen on the road where highway patrol troopers say Burnett cross the center line, overcorrected and headed straight to the pond.

"We entered the water to do as much as we could. We're not divers, we're not trained to be divers, but we did as much searching as we could," Kallam said. "It's a life out there. We do what we do to save any kind of life. It's our job."

Burnett's family is working to create a memorial for their son.

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