Authorities claim the death constitutes homicide and have charged four individuals with the crime.
The crime occurred in Cary, North Carolina and was reported June 28, 2015.
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Luke Warren Eason, 17, said he was hanging out with Burdick-Crow at the park on Friday and saw most of what happened. He returned to the park on Sunday to lay flowers there with Stephanoff.
Eason said that on Friday he stayed a few dozen feet behind Burdick-Crow as she greeted people she told him were her friends. He said Burdick-Crow was talking to people that he’d never met near the park entrance on Lawrence Road when he heard her scream and run toward the pickup the group of four arrived in.
“She screamed something back at me and I didn’t hear it,” he said.
Eason said he then saw Burdick-Crow run after the pickup and jump on its side as it pulled away.
“She was holding, like standing straight up … and she just fell off,” he said.
A 911 caller alerted authorities about an injured person on Lawrence Road at about 9:20 p.m. Friday, according to Cary police.
“There’s a gentleman here with blood all over his face,” the caller said. “He’s acting very strange. He said not to call the police but I’m calling you because this girl, I don’t feel a pulse or anything.”
Eason said he likely was the person the 911 caller referred to because he was covered in blood from trying to help Burdick-Crow after she fell from the truck. He said he was confused at the time. “I didn’t know what was happening,” Eason said. “I was shocked.”
The man the 911 caller mentioned is not a suspect, according to Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne. Rhyne declined to provide further details of the case.
Burdick-Crow was taken to WakeMed Raleigh, where she died, according to Carrie Roman, a Cary spokeswoman.
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