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Graduating senior killed in car crash 1.2 miles from home

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MOUNT HOLLY, NC (WBTV) -

A Gaston County teenager, who was set to graduate from the Highland School of Technology this upcoming weekend, was killed Sunday when the car her father was driving crashed into a tree.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers say the crash was reported at 5 p.m. on Lowland Dairy Road in Mount Holly.

Troopers say the victim, Arielle Monet Reid, 18, died in the crash and they suspect she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Also in the car at the time of the crash, her father, Michael Reid, who was driving and her 6-year-old brother who was properly restrained in the backseat. Troopers suspect the father also was not wearing a seatbelt.

Troopers are trying to determine what caused the driver to run the car off left side of the road and into trees. However, at this time they believe speed was a factor in the crash.

The Reid's were 1.2 miles away from their home at the time of the crash, according to NCHP.

The single car crash is still under investigation. Troopers are in the process of obtaining warrants to download information from the vehicles computer and from cellphones found in the vehicle after the accident. 

Both Reid's father and brother are out of the hospital. They were taken there after the crash to assess their injuries.

Firefighters assisted Troopers to get Reid's body out of the vehicle. She was not ejected from the car after the crash and had to be cut out of the care with "extreme care and caution."

Trooper J.J. Letcavage told WBTV, Reid was an honor student at Highland Tech. He said she earned an academic scholarship to North Carolina State University and was "interested and excited about learning."

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