Traffic

I-40 wreck in Raleigh kills girl, 16, sends 2 to hospital

A 16-year-old girl from High Point was killed and a man and woman were seriously hurt Sunday evening on Interstate 40 while they tried to help a driver who was having a medical emergency and whose car was stopped in one of the interstate’s westbound lanes near the Rock Quarry Road interchange, police said Monday.

The 16-year-old who died was identified as Tesla Hill.

Hill was a passenger in the disabled driver’s car when it stopped in in the second lane from the median about 7:20 p.m., according to a police report.

They said Hill had gone around to the driver’s door in hopes of helping 20-year-old Bradley Templeton of High Point.

Police said Templeton was having a medical emergency and was unconscious when the car stopped.

Another passenger’s in the car, Jessica Templeton, 16, of Kenly, got out, too, and went around to the driver’s side with Hill, the report said.

Then a second car, driven by Phillip Campbell, 45, of Durham, stopped in front of Templeton’s car, and Campbell went back to help, police said.

The three were standing by Templeton’s Nissan sedan when a car driven by Oscar Bonilla, 30, of Clayton failed to reduce speed, came up behind the stopped car and hit it along with Hill, Jessica Templeton and Campbell, according to the accident report.

Bonilla and Bradley Templeton were not hurt in the crash, police said.

It was not clear what emergency had affected Bradley Templeton.

Police noted that Templeton’s car had no lights or flashers on.

The westbound side of I-440 was closed for several hours while accident investigators worked.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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