HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (WECT) — A Topsail High School student was seriously injured in a two-car wreck Monday morning.
According to Trooper Wilson with the State Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Rachel Kapiko was turning left from US 17 onto Sloop Point Road at 8:20 a.m. when a driver heading the opposite direction on US 17 ran through a red light and hit her vehicle on the driver’s side.
“I looked forward and the light was green so obviously I just went cause that’s the way I usually would,” Kapiko explained. “And apparently, a car who was going 50-60 miles per hour t-boned me on the divers side, and I passed out, I don’t remember much.”
She is a member of the Topsail High School varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and was on her way to practice when the accident happened.
“I first remember thinking, what had happened, because I didn’t know what had occurred at the time,” said Kapiko.
She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, but her family describes the accident as brutal.
Kapiko fractured her pelvis, sustained a concussion, a bruised lung, and has stitches in her face and head.
“I know that I can’t put any weight on my left leg because of the fracture in my pelvis but I can put weight on my right,” she said. “And I know it’s going to take about ten weeks before I can walk regularly.”
Kapiko spent most of Tuesday with visits from friends and teammates, and says once she realized something was wrong, she wanted to know what happened to her, but also says she cried, because the accident could have been worse.
“I do remember knowing that I was super blessed that I was OK,” she said.
The driver of the other vehicle told troopers her vehicle was having mechanical issues, and that she was looking at gauges on her dashboard when she ran the light. She was taken to NHRMC North on Scotts Hill Medical Drive with minor injuries.
Trooper Wilson said charges are pending in the wreck.
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