20-year-old FHS grad was studying cosmetology.
By David Leone
RALEIGH — A Franklinton woman was killed in a wrong-way wreck on I-440 Sunday around 4 a.m.
Elizabeth Camille Bullock, 20, 274 Winding Acres Way, died after her 1997 Mazda was struck almost head-on by a 2001 Chevy driven by David Viva Xicotencatl, 25, of Dudley.
Bullock was declared dead at the scene and Xicotencatl died after being taken to WakeMed.
Xicotencatl had been driving the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of I-440 between Six Forks and Wake Forest Roads when he hit Bullock. She unsuccessfully tried to swerve, according to a Raleigh police report filed by Officer J.E. Rigsbee.
Rigsbee estimates Xicotencatl was traveling 82 miles per hour and Bullock 59 mph before the crash. Bullock had slowed to 50 mph at impact, based on 45 feet of skid marks from braking. Xicotencatl did not brake, the report states.
Both vehicles were totaled.
‘A heart of gold’
A 2011 honor graduate of Franklinton High, Bullock is survived by her mother Kerin Vaughn and stepfather Kenny Vaughn.
She worked at Snoopy’s Hot Dogs in Raleigh and was studying cosmetology at Miller-Motte College in Raleigh, according to Kenny Vaughn.
He described her as a “vivacious” person who was a stranger to no one.
“She had a heart of gold. Everyone was her friend. A very special kid,” he added.
On their Facebook page, Snoopy’s staff wrote, “All of us at Snoopy’s are deeply saddened. … Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.”
Bullock was described as “smart, sweet and happy,” by Sherry Charier of Youngsville in an online guestbook following her death.
And Youngsville’s Kim Thomas also wrote, “Your strength, compassion, understanding and love of life, family and friends will remain with everyone you touched while here on earth.”
A memorial service for Bullock was to take place Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Cremation Society of the Carolinas on Millbrook Road in Raleigh.