16-year-old killed in crash

16-year-old Saleh Abdullah

April 11, 2011 7:08:28 PM PDT
Police say a crash in Wake County killed a teenager Sunday morning. Authorities have identified the teen as 16-year-old Saleh Jamal Abdullah.

The wreck happened just after 7 a.m. on Hickory Grove Church Road near Liana Lane in Raleigh.

Police say Abdullah, was driving his father's minivan and was on his way to work when he crossed the center line, overcorrected and slammed into four trees.

According to the police report on the accident, Abdullah was going 61 mph in a 45 mph zone when he lost control.

The report also says the teen was not wearing his seatbelt and that the minivan's airbag didn't deploy.

School officials say the teen was a sophomore at Leesville Road High School.

Abdullah's family says their son is an organ donor, so his death will help another family. They say the reason he became a donor was because he wanted to save another life.

Grief counselors will be available at Leesville Road High School on Monday for students, faculty and staff.

ABC11 Eyewitness News reached out to Abdullah's family and they offered the following statements in remembrance:

I still am in shock that he's actually dead. He was the Awesomest brother any person could have. He always made sure someone had a smile on there face. He was so generous. He would take me to all of my soccer games. He would get up an hour earlier than suppose to for work just so he would make it on time. He never gave up. He was loved by all. He will always have a special place for him in my heart. R.I.P. I love you Saleh Jamal Abdullah, I miss you big bro." --Suzanne Abdullah, sister

"Saleh was my best friend he always knew how to make me and anyone laugh and bring my mood up. He was so sneaky and such a prankster.Every one at school loved him he was deff a Mr. popular. Weekends were always filled with moments with him ronnie me and moe his little brother. I spent the last few days with him and they were unforgettable he would always come on silly little trips with me anywhere even just down the street to get away for a little. Saleh was the sweetest kid anyone would come in contact with, his smile and laugh had a domino effect, if you were surrounded by him you always felt comfortable and at ease. Anything he did was done for a positive outcome, as most know he was an organ donor his wishes exemplify the sacrifices he'd make to help anyone. He will never be forgotten." -- Lena Abdallah, cousin/best friend

"Character is a difficult quality to come across with most teens these days, but Sal was not like most individuals. He was so full of life and appreciated what was truly important. His generosity and his ability to put himself before others is why he was loved deeply by everyone who surrounded him. He was like a brother to me and the fact that he's gone hurts profoundly but I know for fact that he is looking down on all of us from a better place. He will never be forgotten because his kindness and generosity will influence future generations greatly."-- Ronnie Rizek, cousin/ best friend

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