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Teen Who Studied Motor Vehicle Deaths Dies in Accident

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A North Carolina teenager who studied the death of teenagers in traffic accidents as part of her senior high school project died in a traffic accident near her home. Shannon Nicole Adkins of Clayton died when the pickup truck she was driving was struck head on by another pickup being driven by a 29 year old woman who was charged with driving while impaired. Ms. Adkins, who graduated last spring from Clayton High School, was the 27th Johnston County teenager to die since 2006.