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Enloe High student killed in wreck on U.S. 264 in Raleigh

Posted January 11, 2012
Updated January 12, 2012

— A teen was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 264 in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The wreck happened between New Hope and Hodge roads around 3 p.m. and caused road closures for hours, police said.

Raleigh police said the vehicle was eastbound on U.S. 264 when it made a sudden move to the left, causing it to spin out and strike the guardrail. The SUV then went airborne, overturned and hit a steel overhead sign and the pole that was holding it up.

Wreck closes U.S. 264 in Wake County Wreck closes U.S. 264 in Wake County

Enloe High School student Carol Anne Stamper, 15, of Raleigh, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Ashley Nicole Szymankiewicz, 17, of Raleigh, was transported to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries. Police charged Szymankiewicz with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and with a safe movement violation.

It is unclear what caused the vehicle to swerve, police said, but steady rain left slick roads throughout the Triangle.


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  • erinaaronsbaby Jan 12, 2012

    erinaaronsbaby, she may not have renewed it that day b/c of the crash but since she wasn't charged she was certainly still eligible to renew it. Nice try.
    Mr. D3
    January 12, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    Mr.D3, she has yet to renew. Due to medical conditions that the customer had, as well as that incident, she would now be required to have a doctor's approval before she can renew.

  • m121755 Jan 12, 2012

    This is a tragedy for the family of BOTH of these girls. So sad for all involved. my thoughts and prayers go out to all friends,family and all of those affected by this tragic ACCIDENT.

  • Sherlockholmes Jan 12, 2012

    Part of the problem is that many adults just don't know how to drive safely themselves so they have no safe driving skills to pass on to their kids.

  • Sherlockholmes Jan 12, 2012

    The rest of my comment got cut off:

    Minimum Speed Limit: I. No person shall operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. '20-141(h)

    III. A person, driving at less than the normal speed of traffic, shall drive in the right-hand lane then available for thru traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the highway. '20-146(b)
    Posted (Minimum) Speed Limit: I. 40 MPH on interstate and primary highways with a posted speed limit of 55 MPH.2 '20-141(c)(1)
    II. 45 MPH on interstate and primary highways with a posted speed limit ≥60 MPH.2 '20-141(c)(2)

  • beachlover21 Jan 12, 2012

    ALL teens should participate in a performance driving school such as the one offered @ the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC. Google it, or look it up on BMWUSA dot COM Click on "Experience", then on "Events & Programs", then "Performance Driving School". Isn't it worth the money to teach your child(ren) how to handle a potential lethal weapon (i.e. a vehicle)??

  • jakrijugi Jan 12, 2012

    It's really sad when this happens and I hope neither families read some of these comments.It wasn't something they planned. The weather was a factor, too. Hopefully the new law about increasing the number of hours a new driver needs will help. Growing up, the legal age to drive during the day was 15 and many of us made mistakes. Unfortunately the mistakes made in this accident cost a life. As a parent, I've tried to model safe driving, but it doesn't always turn out how we want it sometime. It is a tradgedy. Just pray for the families.

  • Sherlockholmes Jan 12, 2012

    Yea,,, while there is such a thing as "Too Slow" 50/60 mph does not fall in at "Too Slow"

    And Yes traveling Too Slow has its dangers also but Too Fast is much more dangerous.

    If a car doing 65 mph comes up on a car doing 45 it is much less dangerous than if a car doing +80 mph comes up on a car doing 45 mph

  • kikinc Jan 12, 2012

    Follow_the_Money-You have to go at least 45 mph on the highways. Any slower than that, and you will be ticketed.

  • Sherlockholmes Jan 12, 2012

    No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing. '20-141(a)

    Statutory Speed Limit:

    70 MPH on the interstate highway system or other controlled-access

    55 MPH on highways outside municipal corporate limits '20-141(b)(2)

    35 MPH on highways inside municipal corporate limits '20-141(b)(1)

    > (Minimum) Speed Limit:

  • sarahanne2 Jan 12, 2012

    All I can say is I can't imagine how any parent could go through something like this. I wouldn't want to live if anything happened to either of my children. I have to further agree with folks, though, about teenagers and driving in terms of so many of them simply not being ready to take on such a task but the driver's tests can't detect the difference in maturity amongst teens unfortunately.