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Troopers say alcohol a factor in fatal Beaufort County crash

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18-year-old Stephen Tyler Thorp of Chocowinity 18-year-old Stephen Tyler Thorp of Chocowinity
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A single-car accident leaves one person dead, one person injured, and a Beaufort County teen behind bars. Now, troopers say alcohol played in the role in the fatal crash.

Highway Patrol Troopers say the accident happened around 4:10 a.m. Saturday on West Barr Road.

That's when they say 18-year-old Stephen Tyler Thorp of Chocowinity lost control of his truck and crashed into a ditch. Thorp's friend says the accident left him with a broken leg, injured his cousin Matthew Tharp, and killed their friend 23-year-old Marquise brewer from Louisiana.

Troopers say after the accident, Thorp took off. Troopers say somebody drove Thorp to his friend's house on Grover Smith Road in Grimesland; but, Thorp took off into the woods a short time later.

Troopers and Pitt County deputies used K-9's and a helicopter to find and arrest thorp in the nearby woods.

Lillian Carrow lives near where the accident happened. On Sunday, Carrow brewer's mother stopped by the crash site to place a cross and flowers where her daughter died.

"She was very upset and wanted to put flowers at the scene where her daughter had died. She just said how terrible it was," said Carrow.

Thorp is charged with felony hit and run. Troopers say they expect there to be more charges, pending the investigation. Thorp is in the Pamlico County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

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A passenger is dead after the car they were riding in wrecked in Beaufort County.  Now, troopers have arrested the driver.

Highway Patrol Troopers say it happened around 4:10 a.m. Saturday on West Barr Road.  That's when they say 18-year-old Stephen Tyler Thorp of Chocowinity got into a single-car wreck, killing his passenger.  Troopers say Thorp then fled the scene.

Pitt County deputies assisted troopers in the search for Thorp along Highway 43 near Keel Road.  Around 5:15pm Saturday Thorp was found hiding in the nearby woods.

He is being held at the Pamlico County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Highway Patrol says Thorp is facing one count of felony hit and run with more charges pending.

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