Dryfork teen dies in wreck

An 18-year-old Dryfork resident was killed Tuesday night in a fatal one-vehicle accident that could have been weather-related, police said.

Brent W. Lewellen was traveling on Route 32 from Harman toward Dryfork at about 10 p.m. when his 2001 Dodge pick-up truck veered off the right side of the road, striking an embankment, said Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady.

The truck then smashed into a tree before flipping on its top, Brady said. Lewellen was transported to Davis Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“The vehicle went 391 feet off the roadway, so we initially believe speed and weather may have been factors because it was pouring rain down at that time,” the sheriff said.

Lewellen was a high school senior, scheduled to graduate from Harman School May 23, according to information on the school’s website.

In addition to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation, the Harman Volunteer Fire Department and Randolph County EMS responded to the wreck.

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