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Teen killed in Wendell crash

Posted June 5
Updated June 6

— 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.

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  • jackaroe123 Jun 6, 9:36 a.m.

    Blaming the roads and growth for teen auto death is as ridiculous as blaming the weather. ... View More

    — Posted by LocalYokel

    How compassionate of you...

    I don't think anyone is blaming the roads or the growth so much as citing them as factors in the disproportionate numbers of teen driving deaths in Johnston County. Being aware of factors like that can help direct preventative efforts.

  • HGA_Matt Jun 6, 9:18 a.m.

    Why are we quoting 2008 statistics? That was 6 years ago. And I don't think they are blaming the roads on all teen driving deaths. That is just an explanation for why Johnston county has such a large number. There is no debate that the infrastructure in Johnston County was not designed to be as densely populated as it is becoming.

    Obviously teens drive fast and reckless, but they do that everywhere. I did it when I was a teen. I'm sure you did too. This is just an explanation why people of the same age and similar driving habits die more often because of it in JC. Definitely unfortunate for the sister who will have to live with this... and the lives of the two still trying to make it.

  • luvstoQ Jun 6, 8:34 a.m.

    More likely speed (for conditions) and inattention is the cause in Johnston Co. of teen accidents instead of the roads. There are also lots of narrow, winding roads in N. Wake, plus many other areas.

    That is where they learn to drive so they should understand the roads from the get go.

    None the less, so sad for this family, other passenger's family, and friends. Will be so very hard for this sister to move on with life knowing what happened to her sister.

  • LocalYokel Jun 6, 8:14 a.m.

    Blaming the roads and growth for teen auto death is as ridiculous as blaming the weather. Blaming the roads is "magical thinking" and has no basis in the real world. Blaming the roads is shifting the blame from the real problems of personal responsibility, discipline, and accountability (enforcing the laws).

    Bad drivers cause a lot of grief so please charge these Johnston county teens with traffic violations and lock them up BEFORE they kill more of us. It's time to give bad drivers the same law enforcement love we give drug dealers.