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Enloe High mourns student killed in highway wreck

Posted January 12, 2012

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— An Enloe High School sophomore killed in a Wednesday afternoon wreck on U.S. Highway 264 in Raleigh was remembered Thursday as kind and artistic.

Carol Anne Stamper, 15, of Raleigh, was riding in an SUV that went out of control on U.S. 264 between New Hope and Hodge roads. Police said the vehicle hit a guardrail, went airborne, overturned and hit a metal pole in the highway median for an overhead road sign.

"Half the kids weren't even in class today because they were with grief counselors," Enloe High junior Kaitlyn McCollum said Thursday. "It's just a really sad, sad day."

"Several people who I know really well, knew (Stamper), and they say she was just a really sweet girl, really quiet and just nice to everybody, artistic," junior Ally Kristan said.

A crisis team from the Wake County Public School System was at Enloe High Thursday to help students and staff deal with Stamper's death.

"All of us here at Enloe – the faculty, the staff, the students – are saddened by the loss of an outstanding student who was part of our theater arts program," Assistant Principal Ashlie Thompson said.

The SUV's driver, Ashley Nicole Szymankiewicz, 17, of Raleigh, was treated at WakeMed and released.

Carol Stamper, Enloe High student killed in wreck Student killed in wreck remembered as kind, artistic

Police have charged Szymankiewicz, an Enloe High senior, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and with a safe movement violation. Investigators said the SUV was going 75 mph in a 70-mph zone, but the highway was slick after a steady rain.

"I can't imagine (what she's feeling)," Tristan said of Szymankiewicz. "(I suppose it's) a whole lot of guilt, which would be awful because she wasn't trying hurt anybody."

"How hard is it lose a student but also have another student who survived having blame placed on them?" Thompson said. "I think we want to support both the students families and everyone who's affected by what has happened."

Relatives of both Stamper and Szymankiewicz declined to comment Thursday.

Szymankiewicz is expected to make her first court appearance Friday afternoon.

The wreck marked the second time this week that a Wake County high school student died in a vehicle crash and another student was charged in the death.

Millbrook High School student Elizabeth Molloy died early Saturday when the Jeep she was riding in slammed into a tree on Rainwater Road in north Raleigh. Fellow student Garrett Prince, 16, faces a variety of charges, including driving while impaired and felony death by motor vehicle.

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  • awood2 Jan 13, 2012

    I do wanna say though ... the little girl that was driving doesn't deserve to be charged. This is not a kid that got trashed at a party and got behind the wheel, it was an ACCIDENT. Poor kid's gotta be devastated, too.

    I agree about not charging her but unfortunately there has to be some charges brought up. I am praying for both families. This was just a terrible accident. I hope the driver knows there was nothing she could have done.

  • kjwall Jan 13, 2012

    this is so unfortunate. i've know ashely (the driver) since the 6th grade. i feel so bad for her and she is such a sweet girl and a awesome friend. i will keep her family and carol's family in my prayers ♥

  • Fireflies Rock Jan 13, 2012

    so sad, praying for both families. I hope the driver will come to realize that her inexperience in driving in wet weather conditions is what caused this tragic accident which could have happened to anyone. She didn't have criminal intent and hopefully will be able to move forward; such a heavy burden for her. Thinking of the accident victim's family and hoping they have a strong support system to help them through this awful tragedy. I also agree with some of these postings regarding reporters; I cannot even imagine having a reporter showing up on my doorstep while going through such grief. This is a sad week in Raleigh.

  • irishgirlsarepretty Jan 13, 2012

    So so awful :( I hope her parents have a LOT of support - I can't even imagine.

    I do wanna say though ... the little girl that was driving doesn't deserve to be charged. This is not a kid that got trashed at a party and got behind the wheel, it was an ACCIDENT. Poor kid's gotta be devastated, too.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 13, 2012

    pedsrndad, I hear what you are saying but reality is in a 70mph zone, most people are doing 65-75mph. This was just an unfortunate event that happened to these teens. Also, Suv's and Jeep's flip over more easily due to the height off the ground, so if you're going to buy these vehicles understand its very important to maintain great tires with proper balance/alignment.

  • brunettebutterfly Jan 12, 2012

    I am praying for this family. I was a passenger in a vehicle on the other side of the road at the time of this accident, and I can say that the traffic was not that bad. The roads were slick, but it was very sad to see this wreck. I will keep praying for all the students at this school, the parents, friends, and community. It's a sad time for everyone involved, even for me as a stranger passing by. There was a car already pulling over to stop as we were approaching, so I thought it must have just happened. I'm so sorry. I lost my brother in a vehicle accident at the age of 19 due to icy roads. Heartbreaking...

  • computer trainer Jan 12, 2012

    The driver lives near us. I am sure that her family is devastated, as is she. Please let both families grieve in peace.

  • pedsrndad Jan 12, 2012

    This is a very difficult lesson for the teenage drivers that even if the speed limit sign says 70, that does not mean you can drive safely at that speed. Misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges in this case would probably indicate the driver was negligently exceeding a safe speed based on conditions.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jan 12, 2012

    Quote from weheartcary: "Reporters ~ please leave the families alone. Trying to get a comment from either family at a time like this is unkind and inconsiderate. Let them be."

    I absolutely 100% agree.-pseudonym

    I SECOND THAT!!!

  • Pseudonym Jan 12, 2012

    Quote from weheartcary: "Reporters ~ please leave the families alone. Trying to get a comment from either family at a time like this is unkind and inconsiderate. Let them be."

    I absolutely 100% agree.

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