DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. - A 14-year-old high schooler is dead after a crash in a car driven by a 15-year-old over the weekend.
Family members tell us the 14-year-old is Brayden Troxler, who was changing schools from West Forsyth to North Davidson High School this year. Monday would have been his first day at that new school. Instead, he spent it fighting for his life inside Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
“Every time I saw him he just gave me a nice smile, you know it would brighten your day a little bit after a long day at school,” said Landon Burris, who was part of a group of friends who had gone to visit Brayden in the hospital Tuesday.
Troopers tell FOX8 the accident happened at the intersection of Horneytown and Panther Ridge roads, near the High Point line in Davidson County at 5:12 p.m. Saturday.
They say the 2003 BMW driven by a 15-year-old male was traveling southbound on Horneytown Road when it went off the right side of the roadway, then crossed over and went off the left side, before colliding with a stop sign and telephone pole.
Troopers estimate the BMW was traveling about 73 mph when it left the roadway. They say Brayden, as well as a 15-year-old girl, were in the back seat of the BMW.
“At first, I didn’t really want to believe it was true,” said Nick Kreger, who was also in the group of friends who went to visit Brayden Tuesday. “I actually saw it with my own eyes and it was something that hit me harder than anything has ever before.”
Family members say Brayden died at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.
“I hope that God is with him. Every step of the way,” Burris said, before Brayden’s death.
Troopers do not believe that the 15-year-old was impaired at the time of the crash. They also say that all three of the teens had their seat belts on.
A Davidson County juvenile counselor will decide if charges will be brought against the driver.
“I’ll never forget the times that me and him had together,” Kreger said. “He impacted my life in special ways and I thank him for everything.”