Principal's son injured in New Year's wreck

From Staff ReportsJanuary 2, 2009 

— A high school principal's son had serious injuries after crashing his truck outside Smithfield early Thursday morning, apparently falling asleep at the wheel after an all-night New Year's Eve church event, state troopers said.

Patrick Jacobs Jr. was taken from the scene on Baker's Chapel Road to Wake Med Raleigh campus. His 1996 Chevrolet truck flipped after passing through two drainage ditches, and he was rescued hanging from his seatbelt straps upside-down in the cab, state Trooper Dwight Braswell said. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.

A junior at Princeton High School, Jacobs is the son of Patrick Jacobs, who is principal of Smithfield-Selma High School.

He had been at a "lock-in" at church on New Year's Eve and had stopped to pick up coffee filters for his family on the drive home just before 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

"I reckon all the high schools are preaching driving safety," Braswell said. "It ought to really hit home for him now."

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