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Two teens killed in Orange County wreck

Posted February 11, 2012
Updated February 12, 2012

— Two teen girls died Saturday morning when their vehicle veered off Buckhorn Road in Orange County and struck a tree, according to the state Highway Patrol.

No other cars were involved. 

The driver, 16-year-old Samantha Faith Tilley, of Hillsborough, was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said. Catherine Elizabeth "Beth" Shivers, 19, of Efland, was in the passenger seat.

Both girls were pronounced dead at the scene shortly before noon.

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Alcohol was not a factor in the wreck. Buckhorn Road has a dirt surface and Tilley was driving a Toyota Camry about 55 mph in a 45 mph zone, troopers said.

It wasn't clear where they were coming from or where they were heading.

Tilley was a sophomore at Cedar Ridge High School, principal John Wheeler said. Grief counselors will be at the school Monday.

Wheeler said Tilley and Shivers, who graduated from Cedar Ridge in 2011, were very active in the chorus program.

Shivers was a freshman at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.


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  • toot Feb 14, 2012

    So sad for the families. But although 55mph is too fast for this road, there are no signs posted on it which mean the speed limit is 55mph and not the 45mph reported.

    If no signs are posted, the General Statutes of North Carolina set all speed limits outside of municipalities at 55 m.p.h. and within municipal limits at 35 m.p.h. These can be changed by ordinances enacted by NCDOT. Changes, either higher or lower, inside city limits, require the agreement of the municipality and NCDOT. If signs are not posted in areas outside municipalities, the speed limit is officially 55 m.p.h. When NCDOT conducts a speed zone study and recommends a speed limit, a draft ordinance is submitted to the NCDOT State Traffic Engineer's Office for approval. When it is approved, the NCDOT Division Traffic Services Unit installs the speed limit signs.

  • Fireflies Rock Feb 13, 2012

    Saw this story on the news; so tragic for these families. Rest in Peace Samantha and Beth; your time on earth was way too short.