Enloe students react to classmate's death

January 11, 2012 9:00:00 PM PST
A 15-year-old girl was killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 264 Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes near Hodge Road. Police say a vehicle lost control, struck the guard rail and then a metal signpost in the median.

A passenger in the vehicle, 15-year-old Carol Stamper, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Ashley Szymankiewicz, was transported to WakeMed with non-life threatening injuries.

Szymankiewicz was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and with a safe movement violation. She was taken to jail and released on $5,000 bond Thursday.

Stamper was a student at Enloe High School.

An Enloe parent told ABC11 how the mood was in the school Thursday.

"My daughter talked how in all her classes...she said you could walk in the classroom and tell who were the close friends of both children because they would just be so broken up," said Susan Harmon.

Grief counselors were at the school to help students and faculty cope with Stamper's death.

So far, funeral arrangements have not been released by Stamper's family.

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