Authorities say 17-year-old Victoria Ashleigh Allison was traveling alone when she ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line and hit a SUV head-on. It happened around 2:45 p.m. on Highway 210 just south of Lipscomb Road in Angier.
The driver of the SUV, 44-year-old Aracely Ramirez, was airlifted to WakeMed. She did not have any passengers in her vehicle.
A Harnett Schools official says a crisis team will be at Harnett Central High School Thursday, which is a scheduled early release day. Seniors had their last day on Tuesday. Graduation is 2 p.m. Saturday.
People who live in the area where the crash occurred say they are trying to make sense of it.
"My kids are everything to me, and to just think about how life can change in an instant - -you come home, one minute they're there, and the next minute something like that happens and they're gone," Wesley Gregory of Angier said. "So it's just a bad situation."
Fire officials, who responded to the crash, say it was one of the worst wrecks in the town in at least five years.
"It's uh, it's heartbreaking, and it took almost two hours to extricate the patients out," said Lee Marshall, Angier Fire Department.
Students at Harnett Central say Allison's death will be difficult to overcome.
"It's pretty sad," student Bobby Wimberly said. "It's a bad loss for everybody. Everybody's going to be crying. I know that."
Allison is the fifth teen in the Triangle area to die in a car wreck since Sunday. One teen was killed in a Fayetteville crash Sunday morning and three Rolesville teens were killed in a crash Sunday evening.