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Three Cape Fear High School students involved in Elizabethtown Crash

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. -

One teen is dead and two others injured after the car they were riding in hit a telephone pole Friday, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Cole Humphrey, 17, of Fayetteville, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Trooper P. M. Sanders.

Spencer Faircloth, 18, of Stedman, and Branson Hayes, 17, of Wade, were transported to the hospital. Sanders said Hayes was released from the hospital Friday night. Faircloth was kept over night for treatment of his injuries.

Humphrey was driving west on N.C. 53 in Elizabethtown when he ran off the left side of the road. The vehicle hit a ditch then struck a telephone pole. The car then overturned and came to a rest on its side, said Sanders.

Sanders said that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash but no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

Humphrey was a junior at Cape Fear High who played both football and baseball. Faircloth and Branson are students at Cape Fear High School.

Family members say Humphrey was on his way back home from Spring Break when his SUV crashed. Carol Humphrey McDuffie is Cole's Grandmother and said, "He was always full of laughter. It's going to be tough now without him." McDuffie said she spoke with a witness who was first on the scene of the accident. She said the witness believed the accident was caused by sleep deprivation.

Humphrey's Principal at Cape Fear, Lee Spruill, said the athlete wasn't your average student. "You never had to worry about Cole. He was a leader. He was a leader in the classroom and he was a leader outside the classroom. He was a leader in his church community, he was a leader in this community. He was a star receiver for our football team, star shortstop, we loved watching him play because he was a great competitor."

Spruill said there will be grief counselors on hand, when students return from spring break on Monday.  

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