September 6, 2013
PILOT MOUNTAIN — According to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center officials, 15-year old East Surry High School sophomore Jacob Pettitt remains in critical condition.
No word on the condition of passenger Darragh Boutis, 39, was available at press time because Boutis was in surgery Thursday afternoon.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. M.W. Whitener had reported a 2010 Nissan Maxima being operated by Pettitt was traveling east on Old Westfield Road at around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday when it appears to have run off the right side of the road. The teen was operating the vehicle under a learner’s permit.
Reportedly, Pettitt over-corrected and ran off the left side of the road, striking a tree in a T-bone type of collision on the passenger side of the Maxima. Boutis was described as a family friend.
Pettitt and Boutis each had to be extricated from the vehicle by Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad members on the scene. Two AirCare helicopters, which landed on East’s baseball field, were summoned and both victims were transferred from the scene by AirCare.
Surry County School officials said Pettitt was a soccer player on the Cardinal soccer team and was leaving a soccer match at the school when the accident occurred.
A student led prayer circle planned Thursday at ESHS was not held because Pettitt’s surgery time has been postponed.