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Teenager dies after being hit by truck in Nags Head, GoFundMe created for funeral expenses

There were several EMS personnel who were off-duty and nearby when the crash happened. They went to her aid, but she died at the scene.

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — A pedestrian died after trying to cross the highway in Nags Head on Saturday. 

A statement from the Nags Head’s Police and Fire and Rescue Departments stated that a 15-year-old girl, who was from Albania, was trying to run across the highway on the 2400 block of South Croatan Highway.

The girl was then struck by a 2018 Chevy Colorado while running across the northbound lane. The crash happened at 7:39 p.m.

She was identified in a statement from Dare County Schools on Monday as Ersi Shabanaj, a freshman at First Flight High School.

Additional counselors and staff were available for grieving students on Monday.

There were several EMS personnel who were off-duty and nearby when the crash happened. They went to her aid, but she died at the scene. 

The crash is still under investigation, and neither alcohol or speed were a factor. 

The driver, a 65-year-old man from Nags Head, is not expected to face any charges. 

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Ersi. Click here to donate.

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