The two students were traveling on Highway 47 towards Central Davidson High School at around 7:30 a.m. local time as the driver of the other vehicle was heading the opposite direction. According to investigators, Terry Hill, 31, crossed the center line and struck the students’ car.
Anna Ascencion, 17, and Cameron Hedrick, 19, were found dead at the scene of the accident. Hill was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in stable condition. According to The Dispatch, speed was not a factor, but Hill was charged with a DWI. Other charges for Hill are pending.
Highway 47 was shut down for much of the day as investigators tried to piece together what happened during the accident, reports The Dispatch.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014. Here are some additional stats from the NHTSA: