Crash claims life of Pinecrest student

An early morning accident has claimed the life of a 16-year-old Pinecrest student on Saturday.

John David De La Cruz Santos, of Southern Pines, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident in Aberdeen.

The incident occurred on Roseland Road near Blackbird Road, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol. Santos was driving with two minors in the vehicle. The two other occupants were taken to Moore Regional Hospital. North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the cause of the crash in under investigation.

“On October 29, 2022 around 2:30am we got a call that our brother was involved in single car collision that unfortunate claimed his life, we are absolutely devastated by John David De La Cruz Santos passing and are struggling to find the funds to cover the cost of the funeral,” said Melissa Santos on her Gofundme page. “We ask if you can find it in your heart to help us reach our goal to cover John’s funeral cost, we would truthly appriciated.”

In an email and phone call to families of students, Pinecrest High School Principal Stefanie Phillips said “our hearts are heavy,” and there will be help at school for students and staff who may need assistance during the grieving process.

The family has raised over $4,000 of their $15,000 goal. To contribute to the funeral expenses, please click here.

Courtesy photo.

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