Troopers said 17-year-old Shantoya Howard, of Willow Springs, was traveling in the 8400 block of White Oak Road, near a bridge that crosses Interstate 40, when her vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree at about 4:32 a.m.
The crash killed 17-year-old Ariel Hughes, who was riding in the passenger seat and not wearing a seatbelt, troopers said.
Howard was in good condition late Saturday at WakeMed, a nursing supervisor said.
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