Brothers killed in auto accident south of Columbia

Published 5:05 pm Monday, December 9, 2019

Two brothers were killed in a single-car accident south of Columbia Friday night (Dec. 6), the State Highway Patrol reports.

Dylan Michael Edwards, age 16, of Engelhard, and Brayden Alexander Deanes, age 8, of Suffolk, Va., were traveling south on N.C. Hwy 94 when the driver apparently over-corrected and ran off the left shoulder, where the car overturned and came to rest upside down in a canal on the east side of the road.

The accident occurred between Pity My Shoe Road and Scotia fire tower.

The boys were pronounced dead at the scene.

No other persons were in the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Dylan was the son of Daniel Edwards and Misty Jenkins Gibbs.

“Dylan was as an outstanding student-athlete for the Lakers attending Mattamuskeet Early College High School,” his obituary stated. “He loved all sports, however playing football, basketball, and baseball were at the top of his list.”

Brayden was born on December 21, 2010, to Kevin Michael Deanes and Misty Jenkins Gibbs.

“He was a fun loving, sweet boy that loved his family. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed riding his bike, and playing football,” stated Brayden’s obituary. “Brayden was extremely smart, making the principal’s list at school. Like his older brother Dylan, he made an impact on many people during his brief time with us.”

Mattamuskeet school announced the tragedy on Saturday in this statement:

“‘Laker Family,

“It is with heavy heart that we need to inform you that we have lost one of our junior students at Mattamuskeet Early College High School in a car accident.

“This Monday, December 9th, we will be prepared to support any students who are grieving during this time. Please be considerate of the family and others at this time of sadness. Keep the family in your prayers.

“Please stay safe and we will see you on Monday.”

Spencer scheduled a “debriefing” Monday night for members of Tyrrell Volunteer Fire Department who extracted the bodies from the vehicle. “It was very upsetting, and we’re going to get in there and talk about things,” the chief said. “It upsetting to see death, especially kids.”

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