Alamance County teen killed, another injured in crash

tgrubb@newsobserver.comApril 3, 2014 

— An Alamance County teen was killed and another injured in a single-car wreck Wednesday afternoon in western Orange County.

Desmond Piccini, 16, of Mebane, was driving his 1989 Ford Mustang east on Lebanon Road near Mill Creek Road around 3 p.m. when the car veered onto the road’s eastbound shoulder, State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Baker reported. Piccini over-corrected when he pulled back onto the road and crossed the center line, striking a rock wall along the road’s westbound shoulder, Baker said.

The car overturned and came to rest in the travel lanes of Lebanon Road.

Piccini, a student and athlete at Eastern Alamance High School, was killed, Baker said. School officials did not return a call seeking comment.

Piccini played football, lacrosse and baseball for the school, and loved riding dirt bikes, friends said. A memorial was set up in the school parking lot Thursday in memory of the 11th-grader friends and family called “Dez.”

The baseball team wore black jerseys Thursday night for a vigil on the baseball field, where the crowd released green, yellow, black and white balloons.

A passenger in the car, McCray Williams, 16, of Graham, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Duke Hospital for treatment and released.

Although troopers are still investigating, Baker said speed may have been a factor in the wreck.

The was a second fatal wreck for Williams in less than 16 months. The Eastern Alamance student was a passenger when two Orange High School students were killed in a December 2012 wreck linked to illegal street racing on Little River Church Road in the northern part of the county.

The driver, Chase Underhill, and passenger Kacie Chamberlain, both 16, were killed. Williams was treated for injuries at Duke Hospital and later released.

The other driver, 18-year-old Collin Lunsford, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of non-prearranged speed competition and reckless driving for his part in the wreck.

He was ordered to pay a $110 fine and court costs, and his driver’s license was revoked. District Court Judge Charles Anderson also ordered Lunsford to work with the Orange County Schools and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to teach others about the consequences of bad decisions.

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