Teen Killed in High-Speed Crash After Taking Grandparents’ Car

Posted on Sep 29, 2011
Friends and family are stunned by the death of 14-year-old Ashley Nunnery, a Lakewood High School student who was laughing and hanging out with her family just hours before she took her grandparents' car without permission and raced it down a Sampson County road.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Nunnery was speeding down High House Road north of Salemburg late on Friday night when she lost control of her vehicle, a Pontiac owned by her grandfather. She veered off of the right hand side of the road, crossed the centerline, and struck a ditch on the left side of the road. The car flipped and Nunnery was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Police believe she was going over 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The girl, who was in ninth grade, was not wearing a seat belt.

Her grandparents, who Nunnery lived with, said that the hours before the crash were normal and that they didn't believe she was trying to run away or that she was reacting to a fight. Her grandmother believes that she was simply trying to sneak out for a few hours - and mentioned that she had been hanging out with an older group that could have influenced her. The fatal North Carolina accident is under investigation.

We offer our sincere condolences to Ashley Nunnery's family and friends.

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