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Shanqula Octavia Blackman of Burlington died on April 7, 2011 when the car she was riding in drove off the road and hit a pole. Shanqula was only 19-years-old at the time of her death.

Ashante Shaniece Leath, 21, also of Burlington, was driving the vehicle at the time of the car crash. She has since been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center and failing to reduce speed.

Police believe that the 1993 Nissan Maxima that Leath was driving down Rauhut Street in Burlington exited the road to the let, ran into an embankment and hit a utility pole around 6:00 a.m.

Leath was transported to Alamance Regional Medical Center where she received treatment for injuries and was released. Another passenger, Kaquanna Shymale Woods, 21, from Burlington, was reportedly not injured during the car wreck.

The investigation of this automobile accident has not ended. The official accident report has not yet been released, but check back with to find a free copy of the report soon.

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