Teen charged in fatal accident

GARNER State troopers say 17-year-old Shontoya Howards was driving on White Oak road in Garner when she swerved to avoid a deer and slammed into a tree.

Howard was taken to Wakemed, where she remains in good condition.

Troopers charged Howard on Sunday with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Hughes, who was a West Johnston High School senior, died instantly in the wreck.

Troopers say she was not wearing a seatbelt. Hughes was scheduled to graduate on June 11th.

Grief counselors will be on site at West Johnston High School on Monday.

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