J.H. Rose student killed in Winterville Highway 11 crash identified

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The name of a high school student killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon has been confirmed by police.

The two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 11 in Winterville at the intersection of Beacon Drive near Fred’s Food Club.

Winterville Interim Police Chief Chris Williams says Caroline Lupton died in the crash.

Pitt County Schools says Lupton was 15 years old and in the ninth grade at Rose. The school district’s crisis response team is assisting students and staff members.

It appears that a commercial box truck slammed into the back of a car that was heading south on Highway 11. The truck is marked ‘Horizon Forest Products’ which is located in Raleigh.

Williams says Lupton was one of three people inside the car. He says all three were taken to ECU Health Medical Center by an ambulance.

According to Winterville police, the truck driver was checked and released on scene.

Williams says officers are still working on the crash investigation.

Before attending Rose, Lupton graduated from Winterville Charter Academy, while her mother teaches there and her younger sister is a student.

An obituary says services for the teenager will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Covenant Church on Corey Road in Winterville. Visitation will be the night before from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory in Greenville.