Troopers: Alcohol, speed factors in wreck that killed Garner teen


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CLAYTON, N.C. — Troopers say alcohol and speed were factors in a crash that killed an 18-year-old from Garner.

According to WRAL, William Lee Tippett was riding in a Ford Ranger pickup truck that crashed shortly after 3 a.m. on Josesphine Road south of Clayton.

Tippett, who was not wearing a seat belt, died after he was thrown from the truck, Trooper David Finch told WRAL.

Finch tells WRAL that Bryan Davis Gilmore, 17, of Smithfield, was driving about 85 mph in a 45-mph zone when he lost control in a curve and went off the road.  The truck then flipped several times.

Gilmore and another passenger, 16-year-old Joseph Brewer of Clayton, were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh.  WRAL reports they were both treated and released.

Gilmore is charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving and being impaired under age.  Additional charges are pending, Finch told WRAL.

State ALE agents are assisting troopers with investigating how the teens obtained the alcohol, WRAL reports.


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