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Raleigh police: Driver involved in fatal Christmas Eve accident was speeding when she hydroplaned

The driver of an SUV involved in a fatal accident on Capital Boulevard on Christmas Eve was going more than 10 mph above the speed limit when she hydroplaned and lost control, according a police accident report released Friday.

Aaleyah Samantha Russell, 18, of Wake Forest was driving a GMC SUV south on Capital near Simms Creek Road at about 1 p.m. when she hit a puddle in the left-hand lane, according to the report. The SUV crossed a grassy median and was hit broadside by a northbound Ford pickup truck.

Russell’s brother, a passenger in the SUV, Ashanie Russell, 19, was killed, and another passenger, Michael Kevon Gregory, 14, was critically injured. The driver of the pickup, Gregory Madison Adams, 43, of Wake Forest and a passenger, Colton Foster, 8, also were injured.

Ashanie Russell was a former Wake Forest High School running back who graduated from in 2013 and was attending East Carolina University to study engineering and business, his former coach Reggie Lucas said.

The speed limit on that stretch of Capital Boulevard is 55 mph. Aaleyah Russell was going an estimated 68 mph when she lost control, according to the accident report, and Adams was going an estimated 67 mph.

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