Millbrook High student dies crossing street in North Raleigh

By Matt CaulderMarch 8, 2013 

Olivia McBurney

Olivia McBurney

— A Millbrook High School student who expected to graduate this year walked into the side of a tow truck and was killed Friday at an intersection in North Raleigh.

Olivia Rose McBurney, 19, of 8701 Neuse Valley Court failed to yield the right of way at 12:48 p.m. as she crossed Thornton Road south at the intersection with Wadford Drive, according to a Raleigh police report.

McBurney was a half-mile away from her home and walking away from a convenience store at the time of the collision.

She was rushed to WakeMed, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the tow truck was driving 35 mph at the time of the collision, investigators said. No charges have been filed against the driver, Oscar Antonio Martinez-Sarmiento, 44. The investigation is continuing, a police spokesman said.

McBurney participated in the Special Olympics of North Carolina playing basketball, taking third place in the 2012 three-on-three Eastern Basketball Tournament, according to the organization’s records.

She was recognized as a role model student in the May 2010 edition of the Millbrook High Letter, a publication of the Millbrook High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association.

Her mother, Heidi McBurney, declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.

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