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

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

The crash happened on Highway 11 in Winterville at the intersection of Beacon Drive near Fred’s Food Club Wednesday afternoon.

Pitt County Schools Spokesman Tom McClellan says a J.H. Rose High School student was killed as a result of the crash.

Winterville Interim Police Chief Chris Williams says her name is Caroline Lupton. McClellan says Lupton was 15 years old and in ninth grade.

McClellan says 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 the crash investigation is active and ongoing.