Gathering held for 2 West Craven seniors killed in crash


CHICOD, N.C. (WNCT) –Students in Craven County are mourning the loss of two seniors who died in car accident Friday afternoon.

Hundreds people including students, teachers, and administration gathered at West Craven High School Saturday afternoon to remember Isaiah Yates and Charles Elliot.

“He was really motivated, he was always working out with C, and everything” said Jennifer Hill, friend of Yates and Elliot. “They would be on the football field on off days, even when no one else was practicing. They were always practicing.”

Troopers say they are still investigating the cause of the crash.


Highway Patrol says two teens died in the fatal car accident near Vanceboro Friday. Trooper J. Bullard says Isaiah Yates, 17, was driving a car with Charles Elliott, 18, in the passenger seat when he crossed the center line, causing an SUV to hit the passenger side of the vehicle. Yates and Elliott died on the scene. Three others, including two children, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Troopers do not believe that weather was a factor in this crash.

West Craven High School said that Yates and Elliott had bright futures. The school posted the following statement on its Facebook page:

“It is with a heavy heart to inform our Eagle Family the tragic loss of Isaiah Yates and Charles Elliot, better known by the student body as Cee and Zay. These young men loved each other, their teammates and the school. Tomorrow, we will gather in our gymnasium at 1:00 pm as a school community to provide support for each other and their families. Administration, teachers and counselors will be on hand to lead us through this difficult time. Please keep our school and the families in your prayers. ‪#‎OTVSTRONG

The accident is still under investigation. Stay with WNCT for more details as they become available.


CHICOD, N.C. (WNCT) – Troopers said Friday two people died in a crash as wintry weather moved across eastern Carolina.

It happened just after 2 p.m. on Highway 43, near Lewis Lane Road. That’s near Highway 102 in Pitt County.

It’s unclear if the crash was weather-related. WNCT Katie Harden said she passed, at least, seven accidents along the busy roadway while headed to the scene.

At least two miles of Hwy 43 was closed as first responders worked to attend to the injured and other crews worked to clear the scene. It’s since re-opened.

Three others were transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. Their conditions are currently unknown.

The names of the people killed in the accident haven’t yet been released.

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