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Head-on collision kills two in Columbus County

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Orlando Brown has two sons. His oldest, OJ, died Monday morning on the way to school. Orlando Brown told WWAY "This morning we had family prayer like we always do. I asked him if he was going to drive with his friend or was he going to drive. After the family prayer we hugged and we told each other that we loved each other. I gave him some gas money. He said I love you and I'll see you later. I then told him to be careful and to stay focused."

James Keith is a longtime friend of the Brown family. He's a neighbor of the Browns who live in Riegelwood. James said: "When I got the call this morning, it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, is to tell OJ's dad that something happened to his son."

The Highway Patrol says 17 year old OJ Brown crossed the center line just a mile away from school. His 1994 Volkswagon Passat collided with Earnest Baldwin. The 66 year old Lake Waccamaw resident worked for the Columbus County transportation system. He was attempting to pick up a patient who needed dialysis treatment. Ironically, Earnest passed a driver's safety test just before he got into the van to pick up the patient.

OJ Brown had a passion for life. He was a mature 17 year old. In fact he wanted to be a minister. Mark Bridgers is not only the East Columbus principal, he's OJ's neighbor. " He was a junior here at East Columbus. He was a very well liked young man. He was very involved in various clubs at school. He was a very nice young man."

School starts at East Columbus at 8:00. The accident occurred at 8:25.

The accident photos in the video are courtesy of Mark Gilchrist( Whiteville News Reporter ).

28 people died in 2009 on roads in Columbus County. This year that number is 15 so far, and the year is not even halfway over.

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RIP OJ

I didn't know OJ very well but from what I did know he was a very good person...and all I have heard was good things about him. It saddens me to know that a young man with such a bright future has been taken but God makes no mistakes. To the family, I will keep u in my prayers...time heals, and remember OJ will watch over u always...his work here on earth is done and it is speaking for him through all the lives he has touched in his 17 years of life...May God Bless U and RIP OJ

we will miss you oj, prayers

we will miss you oj, prayers out to you and your family,, a friend at east bladen!!your east bladen family loves you also. we know that goes does every thing for a reason and you shouldnt question his work.

my prayers are really with

my prayers are really with oj's family and i pray that they will be strong and know that God doesnt make any mistakes and God knows whats best and OJ was done with what God had him to do on this earth. God numbers each of our days..God Bless everyone.

my prayers are to both

my prayers are to both families........ remember God makes no mistakes and that their memories will be everlasting..............you all are loved in Bolton

I just want to say that my

I just want to say that my heart and prays go out to both families in their time of loss.

oj will be missed

I personaly know this family and they are a family that believes in prayer and the Lord Jesus Christ. OJ was a sweet boy very talented, love for his church, love for friends and he was just that type of kid. He influenced alot kids to be the best and do the best. His family is a strong family and I know they will get through this with prayer.I think alot of this family and love them dearly. OJ YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!!!! Luv U

HEAVENLY FATHER

DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER,
I THANK U 4 LETTING MY CUZZIN LIVE AS LONG AS HE DID. WE ALL KNOW U MAKE NO MISTAKES. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. FATHER BLESS US. BLESS HIS FAMILY, MY FAMILY. GOD WE KNOW U LOVE US AND O.J U DID ITCUZ U DID IT. U FINALLY HEARD"WELL DONE THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT" BIG CUZ U CAN BELIEVE I WILL { LIVE HOLY N RUN FOR MY LIFE} JOB WELL DONE CUZ JOB WELL DONE