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Teen killed in Chatham wreck

Posted December 10, 2008
Updated December 11, 2008

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— A 16-year-old died Wednesday morning in a wreck in western Chatham County, authorities said.

Jennifer Katherine Gessner, of Pittsboro, was eastbound around 1300 Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road shortly after 9:30 a.m. when she went off the side of the road and over-corrected, authorities said. Gessner's 1998 Volvo station waggon then crossed the center line and collided with a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck, authorities said.

Gessner was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver, whose name wasn't released, was uninjured, authorities said.

The wreck, which remains under investigation, closed Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road, off N.C. Highway 87 between Pittsboro and Silk Hope, for a short time.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 11, 2008

    Was she reaching for her cell-phone that police found on her floor board?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 11, 2008

    It's so amazing how dataclerk knows everything! Why doesn't dataclerk call the parents beforehand and tell them? twc

    Thank-you for that pat on my back. lol :)What are you referring to dear? My comments stands. I hope you are a safe driver on the roads as well as teach your children the same.

  • twc Dec 11, 2008

    It's so amazing how dataclerk knows everything! Why doesn't dataclerk call the parents beforehand and tell them?

    The answer is to increase the amount and quality of time they are learning to drive!! And possibly refresher classes every year (maybe every 6 months) until they turn 18.

    Compassion for the families of these victims please!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 11, 2008

    That driver was ALSO 16 years old. She told the police officer that she "just didn't stop."
    blueangelchild2001

    See it don't take much to distract a teenager. I am glad you are OK but it could have been more serious. She just did not stop - well her parents should have grounded her for a good year for not showing responsibility and respect. But they the parents will pay the bill and do nothing. Go figure.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 11, 2008

    Thanks for half seeing my point. Many of those teenager are critical drivers. May their parents see it now. They were so in a rush to get them a car never actually realizing how they drove when they were alone. Also, I understand they found her cell-phone on the floor. This is another critical time, reaching for the cell-phone when the driver should be watching whats around him.

    Wake up North Carolina it is now time to make a new rule on the use of cell-phones while driving. Of course it will affect adults, but I would like to live a little longer. Thank you.

  • blueangelchild2001 Dec 11, 2008

    I almost agree with the dataclerk. I believe that it should be upped to at least 18 years of age. I was in an accident in September in front of a high school. She turned left in front of me because she didn't "see" my bright red car. My car was trash..I had to get another. About two months after I had my new car, I was sitting at a stop light..SITTING, and had been sitting there for at least 5 mins waiting for the light to turn green and I was rear-ended. That driver was ALSO 16 years old. She told the police officer that she "just didn't stop."

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 11, 2008

    Maybe the age should be upped on teen drivers. I believe 21 would be a start. My condolences to the family and just know the Lord is still with you.