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North Carolina teenager dies in reckless-driving collision

A car accident in North Carolina has left a 19-year-old young woman dead, with several other people sustaining severe injuries. Police say that speeding appears to have played a critical role in the wreck, but no charges have been filed as of yet, pending the result of their investigation. Authorities reportedly found empty beer bottles in one of the vehicles, but do not currently believe alcohol contributed to the accident.

According to a trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when the 19-year-old victim's 20-year-old boyfriend left the road in his car and then over-corrected, causing the vehicle to slam head-first into an oncoming pickup truck.

While it is unclear what exactly caused the driver to lose control of his car, the victim's family could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man in order to seek damages as compensation for the girl's death if the police investigation determines he was operating the car in an unsafe or negligent manner.

A 21-year-old passenger riding in the victim's vehicle was transported to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries. He has since been upgrade to good condition, but remains hospitalized. Additionally, the 47-year-old driver of the truck and his 11-year-old daughter were sent to the same hospital for treatment, but were released shortly after admission. According to police, both the truck's driver and his daughter were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, while none of the other vehicle's occupants were properly restrained.

The girl's father, who visited the crash site the day following the accident, said he hopes the tragedy will serve as a lesson to other young motorists. He commented, "It's very tough on us, because I've always tried to instill in my daughter that you need to just do what's right, and evidently they weren't, so now everybody's paying the price for it."

Source: MyFox8.com, "Teen girl killed in Oak Ridge wreck," Ryan Sullivan, April 12, 2012

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