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Man charged with killing teen in I-40 wreck

Posted June 26, 2011 12:26 p.m. EDT
Updated June 26, 2011 4:01 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have charged a 19-year-old man with causing a wreck on Interstate 40 Saturday afternoon that killed a Randolph County teenager.

Police said that Marcus Xavier Bridges tried to merge from Interstate 440 into a left lane of I-40 East already occupied by a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu.

The Chevrolet driver swerved right to avoid hitting him and lost control of the car, sending it across two lanes of traffic into a tree off the right shoulder.

Morgan McKenzie, 17, who was riding in the back seat of the Chevrolet, died of her injuries. Emily McKenzie, 23, who was driving, and her passenger, Donella McKenzie, 49, were taken to WakeMed.

Bridges drove away without stopping, but officers tracked him down, police said.

He was charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and unsafe lane change.

Morgan McKenzie would have been a senior at Wheatmore High School in Trinity this fall, according to a Facebook memorial page created for her.