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Three dead after Brunswick County crash

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol says that three people were killed and one was injured early Saturday morning after a pickup truck flipped over in Brunswick County.

Highway Patrol said the crash happened at about 2:30 in the morning on Malmo Loop Road in Leland. A 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck ran off the road, hit some posts at a church and overturned.The truck rolled twice before stopping completely.

The truck's driver, Michael Eric Johnston, along with two passengers, Aimee West Brown and Jennifer Wood Sessoms, were thrown from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Randall James Sessoms,the third passenger involved, was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is said to be in stable condition.

Residents in the area of the crash site say they live in a very quiet area. They say the news of the fatal crash comes as a surprise to them because this sort of thing doesn't happen often in that area.

To other residents the tragedy hits closer to home. One resident has connections with two of the people involved.

Highway Patrol says the accident is still under investigation, but they believe that alcohol and high speed were a factor in the crash.

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BARS

COME ON PPL,YOU ARE FIGHTING ABOUT THESE 2 RAT HOLES,THERE HAS BEEN 8 FATAL ACCIDENTS OF PPL LEAVING KELLYS,I KNOW OF NONE FROM JW'S,BUT THEY ARE STILL BARS.THE ONLY INPORTANTACE ABOUT THEM IS THEY ARE LETTING PPL LEAVE THESE HOLES IN THE WALL TOTALLY DRUNK,AND ARE DYING WHEN THEY LEAVE.I KNOW 10 PPL DEAD FORM LEAVING KELLYS BAR,NICE PLACE HUH?THE BAR AND BARTENDERS NEED TO BE CHARGED TOO,THAT IS THEIR JOB AS WELL TO SERVE THE BEERE AND TO CUT THEM OFF WHEN THE BARTENDER KNOWS THEY HAVE HAD TOO MANY.THEY TAKE A CLASS FOR THIS,THEY KNOW THIS THEY KNOW BUT IT DNT HAPPEN THEY CAN BE CHARGED TOO,SO BEING NOONE DOES ANYTHING THEY KEEP SERVING=TIPS+DEATH=NOTHING TO THEM.
I SAY SHUT IT DOWN.IT HAS BEEN SAID FROM THE OWNERS MOUTH,THEIR OTHER BAR KEEPS THE 1 IN LELAND GOING,SO CLOSE IT.THEN THAT MEANS=NO MORE PEOPLE DIE LEAVING YOUR BAR!!!!
I AM SO SORRY TO ALL THE FAMILY OF THE ONES THAT HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES TO THESE PLACES.THESE PEOPLE HAVE KIDS.MOTHERS FATHERS,BROTHERS,SISTERS,I CAN'T IMAGINE GOING THROUGH THAT WITH 1 OF MY BROTHERS OR SISTERS.MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL.

BARS

I agree with you they should all be shut down, If it was their daughter or son. They would have a different look at things because they just don't know unless it was they child. when you have to wake up and never have your child with you again your heart is never the same and it was all because someone did not say no...All I can do is look uo at the sky and go to the graveside and talk to my child because she never made it home from the BAR THAT NIGHT...

BARS

Well there was another accident this past weekend with 3 young men and they were coming from Kelleys earlier in the am hours around the same time of the last fatal accident PLEASE someone take some control before its takes your LOVEONE...

SOMEONE THAT CARES

MOST PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES HAS HAD A LITTLE TOO MUCH TO DRINK AND FELT THE EFFECTS OF BEING DRUNK. WITH THAT SAID WHEN YOU BECOME DRUNK ALL OF YOUR SENSES BECOME IMPAIRED. SO AFTER THESE CHILDREN OF GOD LEFT THAT BAR THEY WEREN'T THINKING "I CAN'T DRIVE" OR "YOU SHOULDN'T DRIVE" BECAUSE IF THEY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY FELT THAT WAY THEN THEY WOULD PROBABLY STILL BE HERE TODAY. THEREFORE, I THINK THAT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAY "THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS, SO THEY PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE" NO ONE THAT DIES IN AN ACCIDENT SHOULD BE LABELED AS PAYING THE PRICE AND THAT PRICE IS DEATH? AND AS FAR AS THE BARTENDER, THAT PERSON SHOULD HAVE DEFINITELY HAVE HAD A CUTOFF POINT INSTEAD OF SERVING THEM AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL. ALL PEOPLE LEAVING COMMENTS SHOULD CERTAINLY HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT. YOU ARE NO WHERE NEAR A POSITION TO SIT AND JUDGE OTHERS. PRAISE THE LORD! AMEN!

Nothing anyone says

will bring these three back. Only toxicology examination will determine if the driver's alcohol level was too high.

One item, though, appears clear. If three were thrown from the vehicle, they probably had no seat belts on.

Sad; but we always think we are indestructible when life is so fragile.

help me understand

I absolutely agree regarding the toxicology reports but are we talking about the driver or Michael?

Michael was the Driver..

Michael was the Driver..

People need to keep there mouth shut

I have been a family friend of both of the ladies that were killed in this wreck. And the way I look at it everyone has there own thoughts of this but if you have nothing nice to say please don't get on here and run your mouth there family and their kids could even look at this and all of them are having a real rough time dealing with this tragedy. And the way I see things this could have happen if they were stone cold sober just by them had been drinking is a crutch for everyone to use in saying this is what killed them yes it inpaired there judgment for what has happen but there was someone in that truck that night that did live god works in ways that know one can explain nor is it to be explained by us.So just keep your rude comments off of the internet incase the kids of these mother's you are putting down is reading the bad things you dumb A%@ people write.HAVE SOME RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

its 100% there fault. they

its 100% there fault. they chose to drink and drive, atleast they didnt kill a family while being so stupid. they knew better. they made a dumb decision and paid the price

Keep your remarks to

Keep your remarks to yourself PLEASE....

everyone should be ashame, i

everyone should be ashame, i was reading everything that everyone of you had to say, stop pointing fingers and try to post prayers and encouragement for the Children that has lose their mother. Each and every one of us make the wrong choice in life and if you say you never do you are lieing. You are not god and you are not perfect. We make mistakes every day. These Children need our prayers and our love. Let them all rest they are gone, I surly don't want to set and the feet of Jesus and be ask why did you judge my children. That's my job. saith Jesus!

Coach Amiee Im Goin To Miss

Coach Amiee Im Goin To Miss You

sad

It is my understanding that several rides were offered and declined. This is very sad. All of the adults involved made a poor choice and paid for it with thier lives. They left behind husbands, children, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. Loved ones who are also paying the price for this terrible choice. We are all responsible for our actions, but we need to understand that those actions effect everyone around us. Unfortunately for these people and thier families, this choice, has ultered thier lives forever.

Blaming the bartender

Blaming the bartender in my opionion would be like blaming the pharmacist if you were driving under prescribed meds that contained a warning label. EVERYONE is aware that your ability to drive after consuming alcholol is impaired.
These were adults that choose to
1. drink and drive
2. drink and ride
Based on the deceased ages they all grew up in a media driven society that has had a lot of emphasis on the concequences of these poor choices.

It is sad and tragic, and the families involved must be devasted but instead of casting blame where it does not belong, start some kind of program in thier name to find out why people continue to drink and drive even after knowing the devasting effects.

A taxi is always cheaper then a dui, heck a limo for the night is cheaper then a dui.

bartender to blame

I DISAGREE W/YOU 110%,THAT IS THE BARTENDERS JOB AS WELL AS TO SERVE YOU AS TO SEE WHEN YOU HAVE HAD TOO MUCH AND CUT YOU OFF.AS FAR AS THIS ACCIDENT AND 8 OTHERS THAT PEOPLE LEAVING THIS BAR ITSELF,SEEMS TO ME THEY DONT CARE HOW YOU STUMMBLE OUT OF THERE ,IT HAS BEEN SAID FROM THE OWNERS MOUTH,THEIR OTHER BAR KEEPS THIS AFLOAT.SO THEY WANT ALL THE MONEY THEY CAN GET,HOW EVER MUCH ANYONE DRINKS IN THERE!!!I KNOW MYSELF THEY HAVE EVEN SERVED UNDER-AGED KIDS.IT IS THE BARTENDERS FAULT AS THE OWNER OF THE BAR TOO...

Fact is there are 3 people

Fact is there are 3 people dead, luckily no more. Yes, drinking and driving is terrible, but how about a little sensitivity for the children, parents, family and friends of these young people who died?!

Sad...

This was a product of poor judgement and bad choices. All of the deceased were adults and perfectly capable of making their own choices. Nobody forced them to go to a bar and drink and nobody forced them into the vehicle and out onto the road. Luckily no innocent bystanders were killed. I feel very bad for the families of these people, however, trying to place blame anywhere but on them is asinine. Since when is it a bartenders job to babysit adults? When did personal accountability and responsibility stop being a quality of decent human beings? Pray for the families that lost loved ones because of a gross misguided decision, but have the decency to point the finger of blame where it is duly deserved!

This is sad, I know the

This is sad, I know the bartender that served them and they promised him they wouldn't drive.

That's great that he "says"

That's great that he "says" they told him they wouldn't drive but he still should not have continued to sell to overly intoxicated patrons. If they were truly concerned they would provide a shuttle service for the people out in the middle of the country w/no cab option. The beach bars provide shuttles & it helps.

Yes it would be nice if they

Yes it would be nice if they could provide such services, But HELLO!!!! this is on hell of a hole in the wall joint!!!! man oh man I know alot of people that go in this place as I grew up with half of them went to kelly's one time just to see what was so special about it was there 30min and couldn't wait to get out of there... NASTY!!! it needs to be SHUT DOWN!!!! they even charge you to get in the same a city limits, What's wrong with that pic... if anyone needs a good laugh go check that place out it's one big joke..

yeah really sad...

there were curves in the roadway where this accident occurred. The NCDOT take some responsibility in these deaths.

yeah really sad

What a statement those curves have been there for a long time, poor judgement is the only thing that is responsible. Not NCDOT.Not God, Not the bartender.I can't believe you would go there lol. I am so very sorry to the families who lost love ones.People please just don't drink and drive you not only risk your life you risk innocent lives of other people.

sad

This is sad indeed, I myself have heard of the company that made the vehicle that turned over on them and they have promised for years to make safer vehicles, and what about the highways, they should be made drunk proof as well, these poor drunk people did not deserve to die, they simply did not know it was not safe to get drunk and drive. And im sure I left some more people out that caused these poor drunks to die.

sad

How could anyone be so mean? Why would anyone with a heart even go where you have gone. You may not care but these people were just that "PEOPLE" and we all make mistakes but to start calling names that's cold and heartless. Please try and think about the Children, Parents and Brother and Sisters that have lost someone that they Love. My Prayers go out to you as well as the families because you need it.

guestfedup

you are sick !

your right ....so sad

you dont know these people and you have no right to label them as poor drunks..you should keep your mouth shut and have a little respect for family members who might read this.

WHERE IS THE RESPECT, WHEN

WHERE IS THE RESPECT, WHEN THE FATHER OF JENNIFER SESSOMS, WAS NOTIFIED ON THE 23 OF SEPTEMBER. THAT HIS DAUGHTER WAS IN A CRASH AND PASSED AWAY.

RESPECT

I grew up with Jennifer and I have NEVER EVER seen him around it was always her mom! Jennifer never talked about her real FATHER to me! So, if her FATHER was close to her he would have been notified alot sooner then he was.

Respect is when you ACTUALLY

Respect is when you ACTUALLY raise your daughter..Watch her grow up, be there when she needs you, come to her graduation, and Wedding.She wanted that from her Dad, she was hurt too many times..Fathers are the ones who stay in your life, not ones who come around a handful of times in 27 yrs. I feel for the father, but come on. It's sad because now its too late, and she wanted to be loved by you.

Sorry

I went to school with the sister of one of the ladies killed and I can't begin to comprehend what they are going through. They are certainly in my prayers. That being said, I feel it is completely ignorant to make the statment that they "simply did not know it was not safe to get drunk and drive". You have to be from another planet to not understand the implications and risks you are taking when you get behind the wheel after drinking! It is sad that these people lost their lives but I am sure at their age they knew perfectly well the risks they were taking.