Wreck claims life of 2016 Lakewood grad


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



SALEMBURG — A 2016 Lakewood High graduate who was preparing to move into her college dorm in Greensboro next week died Thursday when her car ran a stop sign and was struck by a passing vehicle, according to reports from the N.C. Highway Patrol in Sampson County.

Trivonna Renee Stancil, 18, of Old Fayetteville Road, Salemburg, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred at 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of N.C. 242 and Corinth Church Road, about 2 miles north of Salemburg.

According to reports from Trooper J.F. Smith, Stancil was traveling west on Corinth Church Road when the 2011 Toyota Camry she was driving ran a stop sign at the intersection and was struck by a 2015 Nissan Rogue being driven by Candace Lucas Cannady, 25, of Reeda Branch Road, Roseboro. The Nissan was traveling north on N.C. 242 and was not able to stop in time.

“She didn’t have time to stop and ran into the driver’s side door,” Highway Patrol Sgt. S.F. Cotton said Friday.

Following the collision, both vehicles ran off the road, striking ditches where they came to rest. Cannady was not wearing a seat belt and sustained what Cotton deemed “serious injuries” in the wreck. She was transported by emergency medical personnel to Sampson Regional Medical Center for treatment. Cotton said Cannady was cited for a seat belt violation. Neither driver had a passenger in their vehicle.

Cotton said investigators do not know exactly what caused Stancil’s vehicle to run the stop sign, citing only “inattention.” The sergeant said neither speed nor alcohol or any other factors for that matter, including cell phone use, contributed to the wreck.

“She was familiar with the area, being from Salemburg,” Cotton noted of Stancil, calling the wreck “unfortunate and sad.”

In the wake of the fatal wreck, Stancil’s Facebook page was flooded with heartfelt condolences from friends, family and those who knew and loved her. She was just about to start school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was reportedly going to study psychology with future plans to be a lawyer.

“She was scheduled to move into college next week,” said Cotton. “It’s unfortunate when anyone is involved in something like this, but it’s especially sad when she was just starting out her life.”

Stancil’s death is the 16th on Sampson County roadways this year, the first since a July 31 wreck on U.S. 701 that resulted in the death of another 18-year-old from Garner. Of the 16 deaths in Sampson in 2016, there have been nine in six separate wrecks just since the end of June.

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By Chris Berendt

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Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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