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Kinston teen killed after crashing stolen car

Erica Dawson

LEWISTON, Bertie County - A Kinston teenager was killed last Thursday morning in a wreck near Lewiston while driving a stolen vehicle, authorities said.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker said Erica Dawson, 16, was driving on NC 11 at 9:14 a.m., when she traveled across the center line and struck a 2007 Kenworth tractor trailer head-on. The 1998 Oldsmobile being driven by Dawson, which was reported stolen from Greenville on June 13.

In the car with Dawson were Gabriel Suggs, 17, of Grifton, Marquez Lewis, 19, of Kinston and Daveyontae Miller, 15, also of Kinston. According to the report filed by on-scene trooper J.C. Copeland, the three teens sustained unknown injuries.

The tractor trailer was operated by Michael Baggett, 48, of Jamesville, who was not seriously injured despite his truck overturning and spilling a load of trees across the roadway.

The Oldsmobile, registered to Trinette Boone Langley of Rocky Mount, was reported stolen in Greenville on June 13.

According to a report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Copeland, Dawson was behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile at around 9:14 a.m. on Thursday.

That vehicle was northbound on NC 11 at which time it was attempting to pass another vehicle traveling north.

Meanwhile, a commercial 18-wheeler owned by H&L Logging of Plymouth was southbound on NC 11. The driver of that rig - Michael Ray Baggett, 48, of Jamesville - attempted to avoid a head-on crash and veered to the right, according to Copeland's report.

The car and the log truck sideswiped each other, both on the driver's side. The log truck ran off the road to the right, where it flipped over on its side, spilling logs into the ditch. The Oldsmobile came to a halt in the middle of the road.

Three teenage passengers in the Oldsmobile - Gabriel Suggs, 17, of Grifton, Marquez Lewis, 19, of Kinston, and

Daveyontae Miller, 15, of Kinston - were injured, as was Baggett.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The fatality was the ninth of 2017 in the Highway Patrol's Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties). Four of those have occurred in Bertie County.

The Oldsmobile, registered to Trinette Boone Langley of Rocky Mount, was reported stolen in Greenville on June 13.

According to a report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Copeland, Dawson was behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile at around 9:14 a.m. on Thursday.

That vehicle was northbound on NC 11 at which time it was attempting to pass another vehicle traveling north.

Meanwhile, a commercial 18-wheeler owned by H&L Logging of Plymouth was southbound on NC 11. The driver of that rig - Michael Ray Baggett, 48, of Jamesville - attempted to avoid a head-on crash and veered to the right, according to Copeland's report.

The car and the log truck sideswiped each other, both on the driver's side. The log truck ran off the road to the right, where it flipped over on its side, spilling logs into the ditch. The Oldsmobile came to a halt in the middle of the road.

Three teenage passengers in the Oldsmobile - Gabriel Suggs, 17, of Grifton, Marquez Lewis, 19, of Kinston, and

Daveyontae Miller, 15, of Kinston - were injured, as was Baggett.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The fatality was the ninth of 2017 in the Highway Patrol's Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties). Four of those have occurred in Bertie County.

The Oldsmobile, registered to Trinette Boone Langley of Rocky Mount, was reported stolen in Greenville on June 13.

According to a report filed by North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Copeland, Dawson was behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile at around 9:14 a.m. on Thursday.

That vehicle was northbound on NC 11 at which time it was attempting to pass another vehicle traveling north.

Meanwhile, a commercial 18-wheeler owned by H&L Logging of Plymouth was southbound on NC 11. The driver of that rig - Michael Ray Baggett, 48, of Jamesville - attempted to avoid a head-on crash and veered to the right, according to Copeland's report.

The car and the log truck sideswiped each other, both on the driver's side. The log truck ran off the road to the right, where it flipped over on its side, spilling logs into the ditch. The Oldsmobile came to a halt in the middle of the road.

Three teenage passengers in the Oldsmobile - Gabriel Suggs, 17, of Grifton, Marquez Lewis, 19, of Kinston, and

Daveyontae Miller, 15, of Kinston - were injured, as was Baggett.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The fatality was the ninth of 2017 in the Highway Patrol's Troop A / District II area (Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties). Four of those have occurred in Bertie County.

Dawson's funeral was held Monday.

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