GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Four teenagers are dead after a crash on Interstate 40/85 in Guilford County, according to Highway Patrol.
Troopers said the crash happened at 6:27 p.m. Monday near mile marker 138.
Troopers say 16-year-old Maurice Darnell Williams was driving north in a 2004 Honda passenger car when he lost control, drove off the road to the right and hit a tree.
Williams, 15-year-old Justin Lionel Trevon Porter, of Burlington, 16-year-old Sequoyah Delaney II, of Greensboro, and 16-year-old Javon Johnson-Rumley, of Greensboro, were killed.
Williams, Porter, and Johnson-Rumley were students at Eastern Guilford High School, according to Guilford County Schools. Delaney was a student at Ragsdale High School.
“Those kids had a really great sense of humor and were full of life,” said their former coach with the Gate City Hornets Jalen Tonkins. “I remember always picking them up for practice, workouts, games, taking them back home and just getting to know them on a deeper level other than football, just learning about their lives and giving them insight on how they can be better on the field and off the field as young men.
“It’s rare that you saw Sequoyah without Javon or Javon without Sequoyah. They were brothers on and off the field. Both wanted nothing but the best for each other and their families, and wanted to give back to their families in any way shape or form. They were the glue that held the team together and the glue that held a family together as well. I will miss them, their friends and especially their families will miss them.”
Troopers say 15-year-old Azaiah L. Howard, of Whitsett, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Howard is a student at Eastern Guilford High School.
Highway Patrol believes speeding and not wearing a seatbelt were the primary contributing factors.
Williams, the driver, had turned 16 in January. Troopers believe that Williams more than likely took a driver’s test before restrictions went into place.