Thomasville teen killed in wreck involving alcohol, ‘speed competition’


Marco Antonio Escamilla

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A 16-year-old Thomasville teen was killed in a wreck early Sunday morning, according to a press release.

At about 1:15 a.m., Thomasville officers responded to the area of 606 Randolph Street in reference to a reported motor vehicle crash.

Upon arrival, officers located a 2005 Infiniti G35 that had crashed and come to a rest in the southbound lane of Randolph Street.

The Infiniti had initially been traveling north on Randolph Street at a high rate of speed and had been engaged in a “speed competition” with an unknown make and model, white passenger vehicle.

After the initial crash, the unknown competition vehicle continued to travel north on Randolph.

Four people were inside the Infiniti when it crashed: 21-year-old Luis Genaro Rodriguez, of Thomasville; 17-year-old Orlando Santillan, of Thomasville; 17-year-old Estafany Gabriella Martinez, of Thomasville; and 16-year-old Marco Antonio Escamilla, of Thomasville.

Rodriguez, Santillan, and Martinez sustained moderate injuries from the crash and were treated and released from Thomasville Medical Center.

Escamilla sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Escamilla was a student at Ledford High School, according to a news release from the school.

“The teachers and students were very much saddened by the news. Our focus is on supporting the family, students and staff members of Ledford High School. Guidance counselors, social workers and support staff are on campus today to provide counseling and support for the staff and students,” the school said in the release.

Preliminary investigating indicated that speed and alcohol are factors involved with this crash. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

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