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Seagrove teen killed in Chatham collision

Posted October 12, 2011

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— A teen from Seagrove died Tuesday when she lost control of her car and collided with a tractor-trailer near Siler City, authorities said.

Katlyn Victoria Medford, 18, was northbound on Old U.S. Highway 421 shortly before noon when she lost control of her Chevrolet Cavalier, authorities said. The car spun and slammed sideways into a southbound tractor-trailer.

The truck driver, Thomas Brantly Fox, wasn't injured.

Authorities said charges won't be filed in the case since Fox wasn't at fault.

Old U.S. 421 was closed for about five hours while Highway Patrol troopers investigated the case and cleared away the wreckage.

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  • eccgc Oct 12, 2011

    So very sorry for your loss!

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Oct 12, 2011

    That old road is narrow and filled with hills and curves. How sad that it has claimed another young life. RIP young lady.

  • bjm011366 Oct 12, 2011

    I will be praying for this young lady's family.. They are going to need it to help pull them together and keep them strong.

  • ellendtyner Oct 12, 2011

    Praying for the family and friends that knew and loved her...

  • seankelly15 Oct 12, 2011

    LocalYokel - "Should deceased people be ticketed for legal reasons or is it not necessary for property damage cases like this?"

    I believe that you are confusing punishment with civil liability. The decedents insurance will cover any damage if it is determined that she was negligent.

  • morbidbabe Oct 12, 2011

    Katlyn was my best friend since I was 8 I haven't seen her in a few years and I just found this out last night, it really breaks my heart...I miss you Katlyn RIP

  • Wake1 Oct 12, 2011

    I agree UNCGirlll !!!!!

  • AtALost Oct 12, 2011

    Prayers for the family and friends.

    I hope they investigate and advise the public of the cause. With so many people trying do everything plus drive, I feel it MIGHT help if deaths from distraction are highlighted. I think tablets are a huge hit because they're basically big cell phones. I seem to see a lot more people looking down at their laps when driving these days.

  • mom-of-3 Oct 12, 2011

    Prayers go out to the family of this young lady who lost her life to soon.

  • SmokeWagon Oct 12, 2011

    Awww..how sad. Prayers for the family.