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Teen crash victim’s condition improves

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SMITHFIELD — A 13-year-old boy is recovering this week following a single-vehicle crash July 2 near Smithfield.

Freddy Seras’ condition had been upgraded to fair as of Monday, according to a WakeMed spokesperson. He was in critical condition on Friday.

The crash happened on Short Journey Road near Cleveland Road. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper C.O. Best said authorities were dispatched at 8:19 p.m.

Best said 18-year-old Nimcy Chavez was traveling at 60 mph in a GMC Yukon in a 45 mph zone when she lost control of the sport utility vehicle. Chavez ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the road and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn several times.

Chavez’s 13-year-old brother Freddy was in the passenger front seat. Her 14-year-old sister Ruvi Seras was in the back. Neither teen was wearing seat belts and both were ejected from the vehicle. Ruvi was treated and released. Freddy remains in the intensive care unit.

Best said if the children had been wearing seat belts, their injuries would have been less severe.

Wilson’s Mills Fire Department emergency responders were just a few hundred yards from the crash scene at Fire Station 2.

Chavaz was cited wth reckless driving, driving without a license and failing to secure passengers under the age of 16. Additional charges may be pending. The vehicle belonged to a family member, said Best.

Best said the case has been turned over to District Attorney Susan Doyle’s office.