18-year-old killed in Wake County crash identified

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An 18-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning after crashing into several trees along Simpkins Road in Wake County, Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said the victim was driving east on Simpkins Road around 7 a.m. Wednesday when he ran off the road, over-corrected and then struck several trees near the intersection of Horseshoe Drive.

Sgt. Michael Baker said the driver, who was identified as Cristopher Reynaga Sanchez, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Baker said speed was a factor in the crash.

Simpkins Road was closed until about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors say Simpkins Road is pretty dangerous and people tend to driver faster than the posted speed limit of 35 mph.

“You can’t put speed bumps on a main road and they’re not going to follow the 35 speed limit. It’s just unfortunate; it’s unfortunate he’s 18 years old and he lost his life this morning,” said Stacy Pleasant, neighbor.

One neighbor said he saw the accident happen and said it’s not the first one he’s seen.

“It sounded like a big boom outside. I have a security camera so I looked at it. I saw the light. By the time I went outside I saw the first truck was here. I see he hit the trees,” said Waleg Eldwick, neighbor.

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