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Teachers Remember Brothers Killed In Mother's Day Crash

5:11 PM, May 12, 2010   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Greensboro Police now say the tractor trailer driver, who they say caused a Sunday afternoon crash that killed two brothers, was talking on the phone when the crash happened.

Daryl Baucum, 15, died Sunday from injuries sustained in the crash. His brother, Isaiah Reynolds, 11, died Tuesday.

While the driver was talking on the phone, talking and driving is not a crime. So, her use of a cell phone did not contribute to the two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle that Jayne Perkins faces. Police said the cause of the crash, and the two deaths, was Perkins' failure to slow down.

Daryl was a freshman at Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem.

"He had a gregarious personality, so him not being in class, it's a little different. For instance, he was notorious for always coming to class right after the bell rang and so I find myself kind of looking for Daryl to come in," said Katie Jones, his English teacher.

"He was probably one of the most mannerly students I've ever had. He was always, 'Yes ma'am,'" she said.

Classmates have left thoughts and memories on walls lining the school hallway following the crash that killed Daryl and Isaiah. The crash happened Mother's Day.

"The Mother's Day part did not dawn on me until everything was over because i was so focused on a life is gone. So, that's just doubly bad because every (year) Mother's day rolls around she will probably rethink that," said Cathy Theodore, who works at Reynolds High and also said she goes to church with the victims' family.

Isaiah was a sixth grade student at the Downtown Middle School in Winston-Salem. The school's principal said Isaiah was "very energetic" and loved to talk about sports. He was well-liked by classmates, according to the principal.

Theodore said Isaiah was close with his mother.

"I could always see him clinging close to his mother. Even though he had older brothers, he would always be with his mom and I could see him lying his little head on his mother's lap at church on occasion," she said.

"I think death is sad anyway, but it's so unfortunate when you have such a young life and a life like Daryl's that's full of potential," Jones said.

Police said the boys' mother and another brother were also injured in the crash. They're at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

WFMY News 2

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