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Teen killed in Orange County wreck

Posted March 31, 2011 10:13 a.m. EDT
Updated March 31, 2011 11:53 a.m. EDT

— An Ohio teenager was killed in a three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 West in Orange County Wednesday afternoon, state troopers said.

Jose Hermi Santos Tobias, of Charlotte, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in the wreck that killed Traven Olsson Keigley, 16, of Pickerington, Ohio.

Troopers said that Tobias' Pontiac SUV hydroplaned near the I-40 split with Interstate 85 and struck a Nissan Murano and a 2008 Dodge pickup truck.

The Nissan, which was occupied by five people, struck the guard rail, flipped over and landed in a ditch, troopers said. Keigley, who did not have a seat belt on, was ejected from the back seat.

The four other occupants of the Nissan, two occupants of the Dodge and Tobias were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Tobias was also charged with driving without an operator's license.