Teen killed in Wendell crash
Posted June 5
Updated June 6
Wendell, N.C. — A 19-year-old Wendell woman died Thursday morning when the car she was riding in ran off the road and hit a utility pole, authorities said.
Jasmine Villalobos, of Lake Wendell Road in Wendell, was northbound on Buffalo Road when her 2002 Toyota sedan ran off the right side of the road, according to the State Highway Patrol. She over-corrected and crossed the center line and then over-corrected again and went back off the side of the road, authorities said.
The car hit a ditch and then slammed into a utility pole near Turnipseed Road.
Passenger Vicky Villalobos died in the crash. Authorities couldn't confirm her relationship to Jasmine Villalobos, but she listed Jasmine as her sister on her Facebook page.
Jasmine Villalobos and passenger Miguel Parra-Tapia, 23, also of Wendell, were taken to WakeMed, where they were listed in serious condition.
Troopers are consulting with the Johnston County District Attorney's Office regarding possible criminal charges in the crash.
Johnston County has had problems with teenage drivers. In 2008, the county led the state in auto related teen deaths. The area's growth and winding roads were blamed for the high numbers.
Carolyn Young, who lives down the street from the Villalobos, said she always thought the sisters were safe drivers and hopes the family can recover from this tragedy.
The sisters and Parra-Tapia were on their way to work when the accident happened, Young said.
"They were just a good family, they all stuck together," she said.