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District releases statement on 2 children killed, another injured when teen driver ran off road, hit tree

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Troopers with the NC Highway Patrol said two children were killed when a car driven by a 15-year-old boy ran off the road and struck a tree Tuesday night.

The crash happened on Mills Gap Road in Buncombe County.

Troopers said the children who died were just 10 and 13 years old. The children were in the back seat.

The driver had a beginner’s permit and his mother was in the vehicle.

The teen driver and the mother were both taken to the hospital with injuries. The teen was admitted and the mother was treated and released, troopers said.

Speed was not a factor in the crash. Troopers said the mother, a teacher at Asheville Middle School,  said she was looking down at paperwork when the crash occurred.

Everyone in the vehicle was seat belted and no charges are expected in the case, troopers said.

The principal of Asheville Middle School, April Dockery, issued the following statement after the crash:

Yesterday, there was an automobile accident that involved an Asheville Middle School teacher, and their three children.  The teacher and one child are still in the hospital.  However, an Asheville Middle School student passed away in the accident along with their younger sibling who attended a school outside the district. 

This is a great loss for our entire Cougar Family.

Additional guidance counselors will be at Asheville Middle School, Asheville High School and SILSA to help students, parents, families and friends deal with their thoughts and feelings associated with the loss.

We are asking that parents please take time to talk with their students about this incident and allow them to share their thoughts and feelings.  If they need additional assistance from the district’s administrative or guidance team, please know that you can always stop by Asheville Middle School or contact us at 828-350-6200.

I hope you will keep this family and our entire Cougar Family in your thoughts during this difficult time. 

On Friday, the district released a second statement on the tragic loss:

  It is with deep sadness that we remind the community that, instead, Asheville Middle School, our entire system, Asheville Catholic School, and our wider community was crushed this week by the tragic death of an Asheville Middle School student, an Asheville Catholic School student, and the serious injury of a SILSA student. All three of whom are the children of a beloved Asheville Middle School teacher.  

We are forever indebted to the community for its show of support to the surviving family and the students, faculty, and staff of Asheville Middle School. 

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