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A motorcycle wreck just before noon Tuesday has claimed the life of one and injured another.
Around 11:36 a.m., Coastline Rescue Squad drove up on the scene of a motorcycle wreck at Ocean Highway West and Medical Center Drive near Brunswick Community Hospital.
"As we understand, a vehicle pulled into the path of a north bound motorcycle being ridden by a young male driver and a 19-year-old female passenger, both of whom were wearing helmets," said David Robinson, assistant chief of Coastline Rescue Squad. "The female stopped breathing as we arrived at her side. Coastline personnel immediately initiated CPR and transported her to Brunswick Hospital, arriving at the [emergency department] at 11:41 [a.m.]. Aggressive attempts at resuscitation were continued in the hospital ED."
She was later pronounced dead from internal injuries.
The second victim was transported by BCEMS to the hospital helipad where he was airlifted to NHRMC with a head injury.
The victims' names are being withheld at this time pending family notifications.
Coastline Rescue Squad, BCEMS, Supply FD, Civietown FD, BCSD and N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene and were assisted by off-duty hospital staff.
"The number of crashes at this intersection has continued to rapidly increase over the last two years," Robinson said. "In the last month alone, including today's crash, there have been four fatalities that probably could have been prevented. I hope this sends a strong wake up call to the NCDOT that something must be done immediately to make this intersection safer."
For more information, check this week's Beacon.