YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two middle school students were in a crash Tuesday night that officials called a “tragic accident” after a Ford Mustang driven by a 16-year-old not using headlights and their car slammed into one another.
One student, Madison Camptella, was killed in the Youngsville wreck that happened at about 10 p.m. In a note to families of Cedar Creek Middle School, a school spokesperson said Camptella was in 7th grade.
In a letter to parents, school officials said one other unnamed student of the school was injured in the crash and is hospitalized with serious injuries.
Camptella’s aunt told CBS 17 that her niece was “a good kid” and was “daddy’s girl.” She said Camptella would’ve turned 13 next month.
She also said at the time of the crash, Camptella was in the car with her boyfriend and boyfriend’s mom.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol officer C. Lanham confirmed to CBS 17 that the 16-year-old boy struck the car the middle schoolers were riding in as they were trying to cross the street to go to McDonald’s. However, the driver did not see the Mustang due to the headlights being off, Lanham said.
Lanham also said everyone involved in the crash was transported to the hospital. Madison died after being transported, he said.
The 16-year-old, who is not being identified due to being a minor, is charged with reckless driving, misdemeanor death by vehicle and no headlights.
The driver of Madison’s car is charged with no seatbelt and administering no seatbelt to someone under the age of 16.
Lanham also said highway patrol is working to obtain footage from anywhere along U.S. 1 to show speeding. He said he does not know why he was traveling “as fast as he was”. Lanham did not release the teen’s exact speed.
Finally, the middle school said additional counselors are on hand to provide support to everyone that is a part of the Cedar Creek family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult time,” the note to parents also said.