Charges filed, more details released in fatal accident

Abby Cavenaugh Editor

October 7, 2013

More details have become available about a Sept. 29 accident that took the life of an 18-year-old Ansonville teen, Joshua Colby Ponds.

Michael Troy Kelly of Wadesboro, Alex Velez of Marshville, both 18, and Ponds were traveling at 90 mph on Pinkston Road at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 29, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Sgt. M.R. Leach reported last week. Kelly was the driver of the vehicle, Velez was in the front passenger seat and Ponds was in the right rear seat when the accident occurred, Leach said.

“They lost control on a curve, and ran off the road on the left side, striking a tree,” he explained. The speed at the moment of impact was estimated at 75 mph, according to 1st Sgt. Leach's report.

The teens left the scene after the accident, although they did not each go home, as previously reported. Kelly, Velez and Ponds were picked up by a friend and went to that friend's house on Grassy Island Road. After two and a half hours, the boys realized “something was wrong with Josh,” a Ponds family friend said.

The boys called Josh's mother, Wendee Ponds, and told her to come over right away. “As soon as she got there and saw him, she dialed 911,” the family friend said. “He was conscious for just a few minutes with her. By the time the ambulance got there, he was unconscious. The EMTs worked very hard to save him from the time they got there until they got to the hospital. Ultimately, they waited too long to get help.”

Ponds was pronounced dead at Anson Community Hospital at 6:05 a.m. Kelly and Velez were transported to the hospital by family members, but were both treated and released.

Ponds was a 2013 graduate of Anson Senior High School, worked part-time at The Fast Shop in Ansonville and had planned to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. His funeral was held on Thursday at Red Hill Baptist Church in Ansonville.

Kelly faces a number of charges involved with the incident: exceeding a safe speed, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to report an accident, and careless and reckless driving.