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2nd Cheerleader Dies from Wreck Injuries

Posted October 11, 1997

— A second girl has died from injuries sustained in an accident involving a carload of children on their way to a youth league football game Saturday morning in Fayetteville.

Jasmine Burks, 11, had been taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She was put on life support, but it was disconnected around midnight and she died shortly thereafter.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. on Morganton Road. Police say 18-year-old Shante Cofield lost control of her Chevy Nova, crossed the center line, hit the bridge, then collided with a Jeep driven by 27-year-old Manuela Smith.

Lieutenant Scearce of the Fayetteville Police Department says it's a possibility one of the tires on the Nova blew out, causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic.

Eleven-year-old Lashonda Cooper was ejected from the car when it hit the bridge, then run over. She died at the scene. Four others were taken to area hospitals.

WRAL is told 9-year-old Shyfeia Williams is in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Eighteen-year-old Jimmy Crutcher, who was also in the Nova, was treated and released, as was Cofield.

The investigation is still in the very preliminary stages. Officers aren't sure at this point if the children were wearing seat belts.

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