Wake County high school student dies in crash on her way to school, Highway Patrol says

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A 16-year-old died in a crash in northern Wake County on Tuesday morning when the car she was driving ran off the road and crashed into several trees, the N.C. State Highway Patrol reported.

The NCSHP responded to reports of a single-car crash on Possum Track Road near Raven Ridge Road about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Madeline Shook, a student-athlete at Cardinal Gibbons High School, died at the scene, First Sgt. Michael Baker reported.

Investigators say Shook was behind the wheel of a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta that was traveling at a high rate of speed. The car ran off the right side of the road and struck several trees before it came to a stop down an embankment in the woodline.

Shook was the only person in the car, the Highway Patrol spokesman said. She was reportedly on her way to Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.

The teen was a member of the school’s cross-country team and was listed in August as one of the state’s top 25 competitors in the event, according to social media sites.

Shook was expected to graduate in 2020. She moved to Raleigh from Tennessee, where she was rated one of the top freshman long-distance runners in that state.

“I would like to stay focused on the personal goals I have set for myself while adapting to the new racing atmosphere and be the best teammate I can be,” she said in 2017 about the move to Raleigh, according to ncmilesplit.com