- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CANDLER, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a 16-year-old girl who did not have a driver’s license was driving in a wreck that killed a 17-year-old girl in Buncombe County.

Trooper Kelly Rhodes told local media outlets that 17-year-old Celeste Perez of Waynesville died in the wreck Sunday evening in Candler.

Rhodes said the driver and a passenger suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Rhodes says speed was a factor in the wreck which happened when the 16-year-old lost control of the car on a curve and ran off the road and hit a tree. Rhodes says it appears the girl was driving 55 mph in a 35 mph-zone. The wreck is still under investigation.

None of the teens was wearing a seat belt and Perez was thrown from the car.

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