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Teen driver responsible for three deaths in highway pileup

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –The Tabor-Loris Tribune reports two children and an elderly man were killed in a three car accident near Whiteville around 10:00PM Friday.

Jaquan Wandaris King, 17, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center, and driving without a license.

King was travelling north on U.S. 701, and attempted to illegally pass a vehicle near the intersection of Gaston Sellers Rd. and U.S. 701.

Oncoming traffic forced him back into his lane causing him to hit the car in front of him, a 2000 Saab. Driving the Saab, 78 year-old James Brown.

The collision made Brown lose control of his vehicle spinning him across the center line, forcing a head on crash into a 2004 Kia Spectrum driven by Savanah Robledo, 25. Passengers in the Kia were Robledo’s daughter, 8 year-old Brittany Long and Robledo’s two sisters Brenda Acosta, 13 and Anna Acosta, 16. Brittany Long and Brenda Acosta were both killed in the collision.

Brown, not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Saab. All four passengers in the Kia were belted.

The impact flipped the Kia causing it to land upside-down on top of the Saab.

After the chain reaction was started by King, his 1997 Ford skidded to a stop on the side of the road. None of the three teen passengers in King’s car suffered severe injury.

Source: Tabor-Loris Tribune

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