CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Claremont teenager was indicted by the Catawba County Grand Jury Monday in connection with the deaths of two high school students in a vehicle crash from 2014.
Jacob Dalton Turner, 19, was indicted on two counts of involuntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon. The charges stem from a crash that happened on October 3, 2014.
The single-vehicle wreck led to the deaths of Justin Turner and Alec Sigmon, both 15-year-old sophomores at Bunker Hill High School.
The indictment was handed down on the same day the Grand Jury declined to indict 17-year-old David Arthur Engelmann, a Hickory High School student, on a charge of felony death by vehicle in connection with an August 2014 crash that killed his fellow 17-year-old classmate Jay Brian Robertson II.
According to the investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Turner was operating a Mercedes Benz C-240 at a high rate of speed on River Bend Road in northeast Catawba County when he lost control of the vehicle. It went off the roadway and struck a ditch, went airborne, then went out of control before slamming into several trees.
Justin Turner and Alex Sigmon were both ejected from the vehicle. They died at the scene.
Jacob Turner and two other passengers were taken to the hospital for injuries they sustained in the crash.