Police: Inattention a factor in wreck that killed Clayton teen
Posted December 14, 2011
Clayton, N.C. — Inattention was among the factors in a wreck that killed a 17-year-old Clayton High School senior Saturday morning, according to a preliminary police report.
Police said that Kristy Sharleen Tamayo, 19, of Clayton, over-corrected after her southbound Honda Civic went off the right side of the 800 block of Amelia Church Road. The Honda crossed the center line and struck an oncoming GMC SUV head-on.
Tania Ritacco, who was a passenger in the Honda, died of her injuries. Tamayo was in fair condition at WakeMed, with two broken legs and a broken arm.
Police said speeding was not a factor in the wreck, and everyone involved was wearing their seat belts.
Police stressed that the findings were preliminary and said charges might be filed later.
Relatives said Ritaccio and Tamayo were best friends and were on the way home from a Bible study class.
Ritacco was devoted to studying the Bible and was known at school for speaking out about her faith, her family said. She belonged to the Barber Mill Spanish Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Clayton.
A memorial service will be held at the church at 3 p.m. Saturday.
She is survived by her parents, a brother, four sisters and grandmothers in Italy and Honduras.