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Teen dies when van hits trees in north Raleigh

Posted April 10, 2011 10:45 a.m. EDT
Updated April 10, 2011 5:30 p.m. EDT

— A 16-year-old Raleigh boy died when he lost control of his minivan and it struck four trees Sunday morning.

Saleh Jamal Abdullah died in the single-vehicle wreck on Hickory Grove Church Road, near Liana Lane, around 7:15 a.m., police said.

Abdullah's 2001 Chrysler minivan crossed the center line while going 61 mph on a curve, according to the wreck report. He over-corrected, and the truck began to yaw. It ran off the right side of the road and struck four trees at 45 mph.

Abdullah was trapped in the truck and had to be extricated, the report states.

He was transported to Duke Hospital in Durham, where he was pronounced dead.

Abdullah was not wearing a seat belt, and the minivan's airbag did not deploy, according to the wreck report. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the wreck.

The speed limit is 45 mph on Hickory Grove Road.

Abdullah was a tenth grade student at Leesville High School. Grief counselors will be available for students Monday, a school district spokesman said.