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Woman intoxicated before being found alongside Garner road

Posted March 23, 2009
Updated March 24, 2009

— An autopsy report released Monday found that an 18-year-old woman was highly intoxicated before she was found unconscious on the side of a Garner road.

A passing driver found Mayela Orduna, of Red Oak, Texas, on the shoulder of Aversboro Road near Old Scarborough Lane on Feb. 17. She was pronounced brain dead 20 hours after being admitted to WakeMed.

An earlier toxicology report by the state chief medical examiner showed no alcohol in her blood based on a sample taken at the time of her autopsy. WakeMed tested Orduna's blood alcohol content hours earlier, upon her arrival at the hospital and found it was  0.279. Anything above .08 is considered "under the influence" in North Carolina.

Orduna's boyfriend, Spencer Bolick, told police that they argued at party at their apartment, then left in his 1993 Crown Victoria. Bolick told police that Orduna jumped from the car as he drove at 30 mph along Aversboro Road.

According to the autopsy report, Bolick drove away, but then went with partygoers to look for Orduna. The partygoers found her and called 911, but Bolick didn't stay stay at the scene.

After Orduna was pronounced dead, WakeMed doctors kept her on life support while her organs were donated.

Orduna died of a head injury consistent with exiting a moving car, according to the autopsy report.

A Feb. 23 search warrant for Bolick's text messages claims that he and other party guests "fabricated a story of how the incident occurred in order to avoid responsibility for the victim's injuries."

Garner Police were investigating the case as a suspicious death but have not filed charges.


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  • lvhv2003 Mar 24, 2009

    Her body was still metabolizing the alcohol while she was unconscious for the 20-some hours before she was declared brain dead. So it is possible that she metabolized all the alcohol before she died.
    A tragic ending to an unfinished life.

  • Adelinthe Mar 24, 2009

    Didn't they just say yesterday that the autopsy showed she WASN'T???

    And her being drunk shouldn't be the issue anyway. Her boyfriend leaving her after she had jumped out of the car is the issue.

    God bless.


  • HappyGirl08 Mar 24, 2009

    So, how do you have no alcohol and then you have some??? Please explain that to me. Makes no sense.

  • Ol Forrester Mar 24, 2009

    I apologize to the ME. I didn't pay close attention to the chronology. I still want all of them prosecuted to the max.

  • kikinc Mar 24, 2009

    It is very possible that the ME did not have the hospital reports when he initially did the autopsy. After that amount of time had gone by, the alcohol would be out of her system, which would need to happen in order for her organs to be harvested. At the time of autopsy, it was most likely that her BAC was 0. That is why these are the preliminary reports. When compared to hospital records, the discrepancy was probably seen, leading the ME to make a notation on the autopsy report.

  • mefrn98 Mar 24, 2009

    OK, for those of you bashing the ME. The girl was taken to the hospital on Feb. 17 where blood samples were taken, presumably very shortly after arriving in the ER, and I'm betting that's when the test was done that showed the elevated blood alcohol level. 20 hours later, the girl was declared brain dead and kept on life support for some time after that in order to harvest her organs for donation. The autopsy wasn't done until Feb. 19. Frankly, it is hard to believe that much, if any alcohol would still be in her system at the time of autopsy, 2 DAYS after the initial blood alcohol test was done! Besides, the autopsy report does mention that she had a BAC of 279 mg/dL which was drawn shortly after admission to the hospital.

  • bigbob987 Mar 24, 2009

    The incident happened about 800 yards from the apartment and they were headed back in that direction. He was on the phone with one of the two girls who came with him back to the scene and called 911. This girl died from the head injury from the fall from the car when she jumped out, not from the 3 minutes it took get back to the scene and make the call.
    This is truly a tragic situation and should be a hard learned lesson to all teenagers about the dangers excessive of partying at such a young age and the very unfortunate consequences that can occur.

  • nonemeant Mar 24, 2009

    I intend to publidsh this one soon: a crime does not pay manual for beginning criminals. When will 'they' learn, do not use cell phones (texting or otherwise) when trying to plot and follow through with illegal activity.

  • Piny tek Mar 24, 2009

    LambeauSouth....I totally agree with you. I hope that boyfriend and all involved get charged for this crime.

  • Piny tek Mar 24, 2009

    I hope this girl has family that will look into this matter seriously. The boyfriend left her by the side of the road to die. Why didn't he call the police instead of driving back to the party? I feel so bad how this entire story has been reported and how this poor young lady was treated by her boyfriend. Time will tell!!