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Harnett County teen killed in car crash

Posted April 19, 2010

— Investigators say speed played a role in a crash that killed a Harnett County teenager Monday afternoon.

Elizabeth Ann Harris, 16, had just left Western Harnett High School when her car crashed on Docs Road near Lillington, according to the state Highway Patrol.

The Spring Lake teenager was going above the posted speed limit when she ran off the road in a curve and over-corrected near Micro Tower Road, troopers said. The car then traveled into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Paramedics transported Harris to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital, where she later died, troopers said.

The driver of the other vehicle was transported to Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford as a precaution.


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  • smalldogsrule Apr 20, 2010

    Parents and driving instructors spend a great deal of time talking to young drivers about the hazards on and off the road.

    Unfortunately they do not spend NEARLY ENOUGH time on this. The driver's ed requirements are woefully lacking. They do not speand nearly enough time behind the wheel with instructors, and instructors rarely if ever take them into traffic. This is the only thing from Europe that I wish we would do, I wish we would treat driver's licenses and driving like they do in Germany.

  • lorivalentine1 Apr 20, 2010

    Sad story but unfortunately it happens all too often here. Kids just don't get it.

  • carla349 Apr 20, 2010

    Ugh. This makes me want my kids to have a giant, steel, slow moving vehicle for a long, long time. Like a '58 Chevy.

  • soccermom1 Apr 20, 2010

    Hey wildcat, are reading a different article or what? I see no mention of cell phone use in the article and you have posted several comments about cell phones or are you just using this article to vent?

  • dugmeister Apr 20, 2010

    geez Wildcat.. I wish we could all be as *PERFECT* as you are!!! How many times do you feel the 'need' to post on this story? was Oprah pre-empted today?

  • creekgirl21 Apr 20, 2010

    My Prayers are with this girls family and friends. I too went to WHHS and the roads around that school are narrow country roads with not much room for drifting...you don't have to be speeding to get into a accident. I remember losing more then a few friends to car accidents on those roads....So I know what they are feeling..May God give you strength as you have to say good bye to a friend way too soon.

  • gov watchdog Apr 20, 2010

    I am so very sorry that another family is burying their child. A young woman that will be missed every day for the rest of the lives of her family members. Please do not point fingers - but if you have children that have just started driving or are about to, please please make sure your children see this story and talk about it with them. Patience, especially while driving, is usually rewarded.

  • Glass Half Full Apr 20, 2010

    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends in their loss. Doc's Road can be very unforgiving. This is not the first nor will it be the last fatality on Doc's Road. Speed and overcorrecting are very common problems among young drivers. Please don't jump to conculsions without facts. Parents and driving instructors spend a great deal of time talking to young drivers about the hazards on and off the road. This need not be a blame game. Apparently she passed quickly if she was taken to BJRH from Doc's Road instead of any of the other closer facilities. May God's blessing be with her family and friends at this very sad time.

  • luv2surffish2 Apr 20, 2010

    whats sad is it all could have been avoided by slowing down.. but they dont.. we never did either.... how many of us feel lucky to be here after the things we did when 16...
    isn't it amazing how smart our parents get as we get older.. ?

  • 3potato4 Apr 20, 2010

    Bless her heart. There but for the grace of God go any of us with teenagers. My heart is breaking for the the mother of this young lady who just lost her daughter in this terrible accident.