Clover teen killed in crash after night of shopping at Concord Mills mall in N.C.

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comNovember 29, 2013 

— A Clover teen died in a car crash in North Carolina Friday morning after a night of holiday shopping, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Patrick Boyd, 19, was killed when the 2011 Honda Accord he was driving hit a sign outside a gas station in the 1900 block of South Point Road, south of Belmont.

He had apparently fallen asleep, Trooper John Burgin said.

Four passengers in the car also were injured and taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. The driver and passengers were all wearing seatbelts.

According to their Facebook pages, two of the passengers, Shelby Thompson, 19, and Jacob Medford, 17, also are from Clover.

The other two passengers, Alexander Craze, 20, and Christopher Craze, 19, are from North Carolina. Posts on their Facebook pages indicate they were visiting South Carolina for Thanksgiving.

The Crazes were flown from CaroMont to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Burgin said, and both were “in pretty serious condition.”

A photo of the incident showed the car was so badly mangled, it was hardly recognizable as a vehicle.

“Half of the car was ripped off,” Burgin said.

The car was traveling about 50 miles per hour when it hit the sign, Burgin said, and there were no signs that Boyd tried to break.

All evidence points to Boyd’s falling asleep at the wheel, he said, and it appears all of the passengers were asleep at the time of the crash. The group had been shopping all night at the Concord Mills mall in Concord, N.C.

It was the second fatal car accident involving a York County resident over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lawanda Pressley, 38, of Rock Hill, was killed Thursday afternoon when her car went into an embankment off Interstate 77 just south of Fort Mill and struck a tree.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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