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2nd Cheerleader Dies from Wreck Injuries

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Two 18-year-old's and three young cheerleaders were in this Nova when it crashed into a Fayetteville bridge.
FAYETTEVILLE — A second girl has died from injuriessustained in an accident involving a carload of children on their way to ayouth league football game Saturday morning in Fayetteville.

Jasmine Burks, 11, had been taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.She was put on life support, but it was disconnected aroundmidnight and she died shortly thereafter.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. on Morganton Road. Police say18-year-old Shante Cofield lost control of her Chevy Nova, crossed thecenter line, hit the bridge, then collided with a Jeep driven by27-year-old Manuela Smith.

Lieutenant Scearce of the Fayetteville Police Department says it's apossibility one of the tires on the Nova blew out, causing the vehicle toswerve into oncoming traffic.

Eleven-year-old Lashonda Cooper was ejected from the car when it hit thebridge, then run over. She died at the scene. Four others weretaken to area hospitals.

WRAL is told 9-year-old Shyfeia Williams is in critical condition at CapeFear Valley Medical Center. Eighteen-year-old Jimmy Crutcher, who wasalso in the Nova, was treated and released, as was Cofield.

The investigation is still in the very preliminary stages. Officersaren't sure at this point if the children were wearing seat belts.

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