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Funeral arrangements set for teen killed in Union County crash

Union County, NC (WBTV) -  Funeral arrangements for a 17-year-old Weddington High School student killed in a Union County wreck Friday night in have been released.

Riley Laymon, 17, of Matthews, was killed after he was thrown from a truck at the intersection of Weddington Oaks and Antioch Church Roads.

Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt. Four other teens were hurt in the crash.

The family of Riley Laymon will greet friends on Monday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at Elevation Church-Matthews Campus, located at 11416 East Independence Boulevard in Matthews, according to the Weddington High School Facebook page.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 a.m. at Elevation Church-Matthews.

Counselors will be at the high school on Monday to help staff and students grieve.

According to Highway Patrol, all five students were in the Ford F-150 on their way home. As the driver approached a curve, the back wheels left the road, and that caused the truck to swerve off the road, hit a ditch and flip.

"He was always be willing to help you. If you called him he'd be the first one out there. He would never say no," a friend of Laymon's said.

Officials say three of the teens were thrown out of the truck, and one other partially ejected. Only one teenager out of the five was wearing a seat belt, and she was not thrown out.

The driver, Robert Wayne "Trey" Cook III, 17, of Matthews, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Troopers say he was driving too fast for conditions and alcohol was not a factor.

Emily Aron Leonard, 15, of Matthews was in the front seat, not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.

Julia Kelly, 17, of Matthews was seated behind the front passenger seat. She was not wearing a seat belt, and was thrown out of the truck.

Marisa Nicole Marchese, 16, was seated behind the driver. She was the only occupant wearing a seat belt.

The four injured teens were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte and were all released by Sunday.

"Students, teachers, faculty..this is an extremely hard time..there's no way anyone can prepare for the choice words to say..when you lose a student at your school," Principal Brad Breedlove said.

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