BRIDGETON — A Pamlico County man was jailed after a round he allegedly fired from a high-powered rifle struck and killed a 12-year-old boy Christmas Day.

Derick Hembry, 28, of Bayboro, was firing Saturday at a pile of trash in a backyard when the round ricocheted and struck a motor vehicle, injuring two young passengers, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 12-year-old died at Craven Regional Medical Center at New Bern, authorities said. A 9-year-old boy was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where his injuries weren’t considered life threatening, said Sgt. Russell Wilde.

Hembry was charged with murder and held in the Craven County Jail without bond while awaiting his first court appearance Tuesday, Craven Sheriff Jerry Monette said.

“Our investigation reveals that he was shooting randomly at a trash pile, and we feel that that round was deflected,” Monette said. “He was firing indiscriminately with a high-powered rifle in the backyard.”

Neither Wilde nor the Craven magistrate’s office released the name of the 12-year-old who died, citing the victim’s age.

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation and additional charges are possible, Monette said.

Three killed after car collides with Amtrak train

ROCKY MOUNT — Three people died and a fourth was critically injured when a passenger train collided with a car that went around a gate at an Edgecombe County railroad crossing, a state trooper said Sunday.

Amtrak’s Silver Meteor train, traveling south to Florida, went through the crossing at

11:16 p.m. Saturday when it collided with the vehicle containing three women and a man, Highway Patrol Sgt. L.C. Harrell said.

The gate went down and several cars stopped on State Road 1402 just north of Rocky Mount, but the vehicle went around the gate and through the crossing as the train arrived, Harrell said.

The male driver and two female passengers inside were killed. The fourth passenger, also female, was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where her condition wasn’t immediately available.

The names of the victims weren’t released Sunday evening pending notification of their family members, Harrell said.

No one was seriously injured aboard the train.

N.C. teen at ski resort dies from head injuries

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A 14-year-old boy from North Carolina died Sunday from head injuries suffered skiing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County, officials said.

The Jacksonville, N.C., resident was taken to the Charleston Area Medial Center after the accident on an expert slope Wednesday, resort spokesman Joe Stevens said.

The boy, whom the resort declined to identify, was wearing a helmet, Stevens said.

It was the first skiing death at Snowshoe since February 2002, when a 17-year-old Georgia boy suffered multiple injuries on the same slope called Cupp Run.

“It’s an expert trail, and through the years there have been unfortunate accidents on that trail,” Stevens said. “It’s an unfortunate situation, and the bottom line is our thoughts go out the family that this happened during the holidays.”

Access to slopes of higher difficulty is not controlled by the resort, Stevens said.

“All the trails are clearly marked, so it’s the responsibility of the skier to participate on the trails that are within their limits,” he said. “It’s a personal responsibility.”

The resort recommends skiers and snowboarders take courses to better gauge their abilities.

— Wire Reports

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