Update: Teen Crashes Car After Leaving North Oconee High

Authorities say the 17-year-old male student was transported to an area hospital and is expected to recover.

Updated: 9:45 a.m. April 20

A 17-year-old student wrecked the 2005 Volvo he was driving after he left school Thursday afternoon.

According to Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry, the one-vehicle accident happened when the driver, who was headed northbound on Rocky Branch Road, left the roadway and struck a tree.  He had been traveling alone. The teen was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries.

"We expect him to do well," Berry said.

Oconee County Fire and Rescue and the Georgia State Patrol also responded to the scene.

According to a public information officer from the GSP, the driver was William Hudson Wade of Watkinsville.  Earlier reports indicated speed may have been a factor, but the GSP report only states he left the road, overcorrected and hit the tree.  Wade was cited with failure to maintain lane.


Racer X April 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Glad he's alright. I hope the parents learn as much from this as the kid. A fast car and a 17 year old boy are a poor mix, no matter how much of an angel you think the kid is. While testosterone is one of the things that makes us guys so cute, it can also get us killed. Recommended replacement car: 1970 Dodge Dart with a slant six, bought with kid's own money. Again, glad he's alright. Congrats on the second chance.
Xardox April 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM
The school of hard knocks is a great institution. Mixed thoughts on the traffic charge.


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