Asthma attack claims life of ROC student

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 04:20 AM

A 15-year-old Forest City teen died Tuesday after suffering an asthma attack in a car while enroute to receive medical assistance on U.S. 221A at about 2 p.m.

Cameron Watkins, a ninth grader at the Rutherford Opportunity Center (ROC) was being transported for medical assistance when the driver of the vehicle pulled in front of another car and the vehicles collided.

Watkins’ friend was rushing him to receive assistance, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Instead of calling 911, he tried to get his friend help, said Sgt. Kevin Owens of the NCHP. Watkins died as a result of the medical problem and not the highway collision, Owens said.

“He was being transported to a medical facility in a private vehicle,” First Sgt. Chris McClelland said from the NCHP. He said the car was being used for medical transportation.

The driver of the car was driving across a portion of the parkng lot of a store, ran off the road and came back onto the road when his car collided with a vehicle traveling south. A person in that vehicle was transported to Rutherford Regional Medical Center for treatment. The person in the second vehicle was not seriously injured.

According to the ROC principal Tim Torvinen, Watkins came to the ROC March 2013 as a freshman. 

Watkins is the second student from the ROC to die in less than a month.

Stephen Tyler Watkins, 18, a 2013 graduate of the ROC died Sunday, June 9 from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash Friday night, June 7,  just hours after receiving his high school diploma at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College.

He died at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after being flown to hospital at about 11:45 p.m. Friday from the wreck scene on Salem Church Road near Bostic.