Charges filed against teen driver in wreck that killed Burnsville 16-year-old


    Raeanna McCourry, 16, of Burnsville, was a rising senior at Mountain Heritage High School. (Photo credit: Mountain Heritage High School)

    YANCEY COUNTY, N.C. -- Charges have been filed against the 19-year-old driver in a Yancey County wreck that took the life of a mountain high school student in June of 2016, District Attorney Seth Banks tells News 13.

    The driver in the wreck is 19-year-old Joshua David Krause, Banks said.

    Banks tells News 13 Krause is facing charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and improper passing, an infraction.

    The wreck happened on Laurel Acres Road in Burnsville.

    Banks said that Krause and Raeanna McCourry, 16, of Burnsville, a rising senior at Mountain Heritage High School, were driving together down Highway 80.

    Troopers say Krause was traveling northbound when he attempted to pass a car in front of him. While he was in the southbound lane he noticed a pickup truck coming toward him, so he went back into the northbound lane, but overcorrected.

    This sent the car back in the southbound lane, but perpendicular to an oncoming truck. A pickup truck hit the passenger side of the car where Raeanna was sitting.

    Raeanna was taken to Johnson City Medical Center but died later that day.

    Mountain Heritage High School principal Kevin Huskins said she was in JROTC, and was expected to take on a leadership role next year.

    Banks said that Krause is expected to turn himself into the Yancey County Detention Center sometime Monday.


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