The circumstances were sadly familiar: A carload of students on their way to high school on a busy Wake County road took a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle.
A 15-year-old Heritage High School student died Monday and four other teens were hurt when two vehicles collided on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest shortly before 7 a.m.
The accident occurred when Faith Rock, 17, of Lindenberg Road in Wake Forest attempted to make a left turn from southbound Capital Boulevard onto Caveness Farms Avenue, according to Lt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman for the State Highway Patrol.
Her Saab pulled into the path of a northbound Honda driven by Wake Forest High School student Oscar Rodriguez-Villa, 17, of Sephora Court in Wake Forest.
Faith Rock’s brother, Braden, was killed, Gordon said.
Rodriquez-Villa, Faith Rock and two other passengers in Rock’s car, Skyla Kirby, 16, of Amandcroft Way in Raleigh and Katie Williams, 16, of Professor Street in Raleigh, were taken to the hospital, according to the Highway Patrol.
Gordon described Kirby’s injuries as serious. Williams’ injuries were described as minor, he said.
Speed was not a factor, but troopers said the driver of the Saab appeared to have been at fault.
“Contributing circumstances show a yield violation on the part of Ms. Rock at this time,” Gordon stated in a press release Monday afternoon.
No charges had been filed by Monday evening. Investigating troopers contacted the Wake County District Attorney’s Office before making a decision about charges, Gordon said.
After the Honda collided with the Saab, it then hit a Buick on Caveness Farms Avenue that was waiting to make a right turn onto U.S. 1, Gordon said. The driver of the Buick, Robert John Baker, 64, of Maple Drive in Wake Forest, was not injured.
The crash closed northbound Capital Boulevard for about three hours while police and state troopers investigated.
The accident was similar to one that took the life of a Panther Creek High School earlier this month.
Laura Yost, 15, was the passenger in an SUV driven by a fellow student that turned left in front of an oncoming dump truck on N.C. 55 in Cary on Sept. 16. She died a week later.
The driver of the SUV, Spencer Saunders, 16, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
Wake schools Superintendent Jim Merrill released a statement Monday afternoon that addressed both accidents, as well as the recent deaths of two other Wake County students: Wendell Middle School student Keith Jones, 13, who was struck and killed by a car while he waited for a school bus last Tuesday, and Isaiah Langston, a junior at Rolesville High School who died after collapsing on the field Friday night before a football game.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the Wake County students who passed away this week,” Merrill said. “It is tragic under any circumstances when family and friends lose a child. It is hard to comprehend the losses of the past week. Students, please be safe and know that we care deeply about all of you.”