• Police considering charges against teen in fatal crash

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Rockingham police said they are considering whether charges will be filed against a teen driver in a fatal crash.

    Police said 17-year-old Mikayla Boone was behind the wheel of a car on Aslington Road Tuesday afternoon when she lost control on wet pavement and hit an embankment, flipping the car several times.

    Investigators said the passenger, 18-year-old Allison Butler, was ejected and died.

    Officers said neither teen was wearing a seat belt, though Boone was not seriously injured.

    Police said speed was a factor in the crash and said the section of road was so dangerous, they had recently lowered the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles an hour.

    "The area is very hilly, real curvy. It's been known for people to go to that road and speed and go around curves as fast as they can," said Rockingham Police Chief Bill Kelly.

    The crash happened near the front yard of resident Kim West, who said she heard the impact and went out to see what happened.

    "When we came out, we saw the little girl that survived getting out of the passenger side of the vehicle," said West.

    It was only later that West realized the other teen involved was her great-grandniece and that she witnessed her final moments.

    "This is very hard. I didn't even know it was her until after it happened. She was a wonderful girl," West said through tears.

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