A North Carolina teenager who studied teen highway deaths as a senior high school project is dead after a crash.
Eighteen-year-old Shannon Nicole Adkins graduated last spring after turning in a report about the risks facing young drivers on the mainly rural roads of Johnston County.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that Adkins was the 27th Johnston County teen to die in a wreck since the start of 2006 and the second in just over a week.
The highway patrol said Adkins was driving a pickup truck when another pickup crossed into her lane Saturday night and struck her head-on.
The other driver was a 29-year-old woman who was hospitalized in fair condition and charged with driving while impaired.