A Western Harnett High School student suffered fatal personal injuries on April 19 when she lost control of her car while rounding a curve on Doc’s Road in Anderson Creek and was struck by a van, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.


First Sgt. T.I. Baldwin said that 16-year-old Anderson Creek resident Elizabeth Ann Harris died at the scene. He said there was no possible way she could survive the impact.


Harris was southbound in a four-door Ford, heading home from school around 3:15 p.m., according to Baldwin.


The crash occurred nearly a mile north of the Nursery Road intersection.


Harris, traveling at an estimated rate of speed of 65 mph, lost control when she entered a curve. The vehicle ran off the road to the right, came back across the pavement, and slid sideways across the center line.


The Ford was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 15-passenger van registered to Mr. Appliance Electric Inc. in Aberdeen and driven by 45-year-old Cameron resident Terry Andrew Keith.


Baldwin said that the vehicles collided with an amount of force equivalent to a vehicle hitting a wall at 100 mph.


Keith was uninjured in the accident.

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