School community remembers student killed in crash
By WECT Staff | May 10, 2021 at 12:22 PM EDT – Updated May 10 at 7:48 PM
PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – A 17-year-old was killed in a single-vehicle crash near the Pender-New Hanover county line late Saturday night, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.
Troopers say Grant Wiedmeier was traveling on Scotts Hill Loop Road around 10:44 p.m. when his 2005 Ford F-150 truck went left of center, ran off the road to the left and struck a utility pole before catching on fire.
Wiedmeier died in the crash. Troopers say speed is believed to be a contributing factor.
“It is with profound sadness that Pender County Schools confirms the passing of Grant Wiedmeier, a senior student at Topsail High School,” the statement read. “Described by his teachers and other school staff members as an incredibly hard-working and respectful student, Grant thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Topsail’s CTE programs, specifically carpentry. He was known as a dedicated craftsman with an eye for detail who will be missed by his classmates and teachers.”
District officials say grief counselors will be available at Topsail High for students and staff.
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