Careless and Reckless – that’s how state troopers describe the way 16-year-old Jordan Deal was driving the day two of his friends were killed, and another seriously injured.
The North Davidson County High School student is still in the hospital. The accident happened on City Lake Road on Monday.
Jordan was driving his friends Jonathan Leonard, Caige Campbell and Caige’s sister Kayleigh home from school when troopers say he ran off the road, hit several trees and overturned. John, 18, and Kayleigh, 15, were killed and Caige, 17, was seriously hurt.
“Where are you?”
That was the first text message John Leonard’s father, Jeffrey Leonard, sent him after seeing a bad wreck less than a mile from his house.
Three minutes later, another text: “John answer me right now. There has been a very serious car wreck below the church… air care is here now… I want to know it isn’t you.” Several minutes later, Leonard called his son. On the second attempt, a state trooper answered the phone.
That’s how Jeffrey Leonard found out his only child was killed in a car wreck – just three days before Thanksgiving.
Leonard told WFMY News 2’s Morgan Hightower he is still numb.
“It’s like a nightmare you don’t wake up from.”
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