Teen killed in Durham crash on Highway 55

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September 21, 2013 4:36:01 AM PDT
A 16-year-old was killed late Friday afternoon in a two-car accident on N.C. Highway 55 south of Riddle Road.

The accident happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. when a northbound Honda driven by Tyreic Elyja Hemphill, of Durham, crossed the median and drove into the path of a southbound Oldsmobile driven by 36-year-old Patrick Bailey, of Durham.

Police say Bailey tried to avoid the crash but was unable to avoid a collision. Both vehicles went down an embankment.

Hemphill was trapped inside his vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Hemphill was a student at Jordan High School in Durham.

Bailey was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident.

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