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Driver who hit, killed 14-year-old on ATV in Burke County charged with DWI

A driver charged with DWI made an emotional apology for hitting and killing a teen in Burke County, but troopers said he was not at fault in the collision. (Photo credit: WSOC)

A driver charged with DWI made an emotional apology for hitting and killing a teen in Burke County, but troopers said he was not at fault in the collision.

Jacob Wright, 14, and a friend were riding an ATV when they were hit by an SUV. Wright was killed, and his friend was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries.

Steve Carroll, the driver of the SUV, fought back tears Monday as he talked about the crash that happened over the weekend.

"I am so, so sorry. I know I shouldn't have been out there on the highway. I'll take the blame for that. And, if I could give my life to bring him back, I would in a second," he said.

Carroll, who said he didn't see the ATV coming out of the driveway until the very last second, was charged with DWI and driving with a revoked license after he admitted to taking pain pills.

The highway patrol said Carroll, who had his 3-year old granddaughter in the SUV with him, was driving with an open container of alcohol at the time of the wreck.

Four-wheelers are not allowed on North Carolina roads, and neither boy was wearing a helmet, troopers said.

It will be up to the district attorney to decide if any more charges will be filed.

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