GREENSBORO, N.C. — Speed was a factor in Sunday’s crash that killed three teenagers, officials said Monday.
Although police have not conclusively determined how fast the car was travelling, they said they know speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
In addition, the 15-year-old driver — who lost control of the car — did not have a driver’s license or a learning permit, police said Monday.
Deondre Millner, 15, and Elrico A. Sims, 17, both of Greensboro, were pronounced dead at the scene. The right rear passenger, Bryson K. Tucker, 16, a Winston-Salem/Forsyth student, was taken to Moses Cone Hospital with critical injuries and died later in the day.
Police said Millner was driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima and Sims, a Page High School senior, was riding as a left rear passenger. There were four passengers total, all teenagers.
Millner was headed north on Westridge Road between Green Forest and Double Oaks roads and lost control shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said the Nissan slid off the roadway to the left and collided with a brick/rock encased mailbox and a tree.
The right front passenger, Na’im Williams-Donnell, sustained minor injuries and was also taken to Moses Cone. He has since been released. Williams-Donnell attends Western Guilford High School.
Millner also went to Western Guilford. Counselors will be on hand at the school on Monday. Friends also plan to wear red -– his favorite color — in support.