Young woman killed after car runs off road, flips over into creek in Wendell


WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) — A young woman is dead following a Monday morning crash in Wendell, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office confirms.

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Authorities responded to a report of a crash on Robertson Pond Road near Edgemont Road around 8:30 a.m.

Responding crews found a car overturned in a creek.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the car driven by Maria Prieto, 23, ran off the road, hit a tree and then flipped over into the creek.

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Troopers said Prieto was trapped inside the car and died. Authorities suspect she drowned, but the cause of death won’t be definitively known until a medical examiner conducts and autopsy.

Although the area where the crash occurred was still partially covered in snow, troopers said the crash was not weather-related and the only factor was high speed.

Prieto was the only occupant in the vehicle.

A GoFundMe has been started to help pay for Prieto’s funeral.

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