Four Oaks student dies in Wayne County crash

Three other classmates injured

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A University of Mount Olive student from Four Oaks was killed in a vehicle crash early Friday morning.

The wreck happened on Cricket Ridge Road around 1:15 a.m., according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol. No other details were available Friday afternoon.

Peyton Lee, a senior agriculture major, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Three of his classmates were injured.

Dylan Stacy, a junior agriculture student from Sanford, and Adrienne Crawford, a junior psychology major from Middlesboro, Kentucky, were transported to Wayne UNC Health Care, where they were treated for their injuries and released. James Noah Johnson, a junior agriculture major from Pinetown, was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he remains in critical condition, according to a statement released from the University of Mount Olive.

A team of mental health counselors will be available in health services to offer grief counseling for students, faculty and staff, the university reminded its campus.

“A memorial table, set up in Rodger’s Chapel, includes a book for students to express their condolences to the Lee family. Rodger’s Chapel will be open all day for prayer,” the release stated. “We ask that you all be in prayer for the families of these students and for the three surviving students in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

University of Mount Olive President Dr. H. Edward Croom stated, “It is an extremely sad day for the University of Mount Olive. We are a close-knit family here at the University, and this has hit us hard. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Lee family, and we uplift all of the others in our prayers as they continue to receive medical treatment.”

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