A one-vehicle accident late Monday night has claimed the life of yet another Sampson County teenager, this one believed to be a student at the Early College.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol reports, Elizabeth Barefoot, 18, of 616 McLamb St., Roseboro, died as a result of the one-vehicle accident which happened around 11 p.m. Monday on Boykin Bridge Road.
Barefoot, reports show, was traveling west on Boykin Bridge Road, toward Fayetteville, when she crossed the center line and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn and hit a tree.
She and her passenger, Bethany Pilkington, 18, of 2098 Big Piney Grove Road, Clinton, were taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Barefoot, Highway Patrol Trooper Bryan Smith said, was being transferred from Sampson Regional to another area hospital when she reportedly died from the injuries sustained in the accident.
Amber Cava marketing director for Sampson Regional Medical Center, said Pilkington was transferred from SRMC to UNC Hospitals in stable condition. An update on her condition from UNC was not immediately available. It was just over a month ago that Pilkington was involved in another accident. In that incident, she was the driver and a passenger, 16-year-old Lakewood High student Ronald Lucas, was killed.
Monday night’s accident is the 14th on Sampson County highways this year and the third involving a high school student in less than two months.
Last year, 14 people were killed on county roadways during all of 2011.