Garner teen declared drunk before death

March 24, 2009 4:10:36 AM PDT
A new report by the state medical examiner says the Garner teen who died after allegedly jumping or falling out of a moving car was drunk.Mayela Orduna was found last month on the side of Aversboro Road on February 17, still alive but unconscious. She died after spending nearly 20 hours at the hospital.

An investigative report released Monday by the medical examiner says Orduna's blood alcohol level was .279 - more than three times the legal limit. A toxicology report showed no alcohol in her system, but it was done after she died.

Authorities have not made any arrests, but, they think the last people to see Orduna alive may have lied to avoid responsibility for her death.

Investigators want to know what really happened the night the 18-year-old reportedly jumped from her boyfriend's moving car.

Police warrants say that Orduna's friends made up a story to avoid getting in trouble.

Officers say there was alcohol, drugs and according to court documents "a physical altercation" between Orduna and another girl during a party at her boyfriend, Spencer Bolick's, apartment.

Police and friends say Orduna and Bolick left the party together.

"They just got in the car and left so that nothing else would happened," friend Joe Rankine said. "She was having a dispute with another female there and he wanted her out of the situation so she wouldn't get hurt."

Records show it was that other female that Orduna's boyfriend was talking to on the phone when she reportedly jumped from the car.

"He said she jumped out of the vehicle, was pretty drunk and jumped out of the vehicle," Rankine said.

Police say Orduna's boyfriend didn't stop at the scene, but went back to his apartment.

He told friends what happened, they returned to the scene, and one of the party-goers called 911. She told dispatchers she didn't know the victim.

    Caller: There ? there ? I'm not really sure what just happened.
    911 Operator: What are they saying?
    Caller: They were just acting like they knew her or something, I'm not really sure.

Police say they have found and hope to find more answers from text messages.

They will sift through correspondence between Orduna, her boyfriend, and several other friends at the party.


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