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Teen killed in Chatham wreck

Posted December 10, 2008 10:08 a.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2008 5:15 p.m. EST

— A 16-year-old died Wednesday morning in a wreck in western Chatham County, authorities said.

Jennifer Katherine Gessner, of Pittsboro, was eastbound around 1300 Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road shortly after 9:30 a.m. when she went off the side of the road and over-corrected, authorities said. Gessner's 1998 Volvo station waggon then crossed the center line and collided with a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck, authorities said.

Gessner was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver, whose name wasn't released, was uninjured, authorities said.

The wreck, which remains under investigation, closed Silk Hope-Gum Springs Road, off N.C. Highway 87 between Pittsboro and Silk Hope, for a short time.