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Bolivia student killed in wreck

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A 10-year-old Bolivia Elementary School student died in a car wreck in Columbus County over the weekend.

According to Sgt. J.M. Lewis of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Tyler Bethune was in the front passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet passenger vehicle being driven by his 19-year-old sister Jasmine Jones.

Jones was traveling north on Hallsboro Road just before 7 p.m. Sunday when she attempted to turn into the parking lot of a drag strip and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck, Lewis said.

Bethune died at the scene. Speeding was not a factor, Lewis said, noting the oncoming vehicle was traveling about 50 mph when it struck Jones’ vehicle.

Jones was treated and released from the hospital. A second passenger in Jones’ vehicle, Joseph Smith, 17, was taken to Columbus Regional Healthcare System and later transferred to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Jonathan Rogers, the driver of the pickup truck, refused treatment at the scene, Lewis said.

Lewis said drugs or alcohol were not a factor, and no charges have been filed.

The Brunswick County Board of Education had a moment of silence in Bethune’s honor at its specially called meeting Tuesday night.