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Autopsy: Tractor-trailer crash caused woman’s death

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A woman whose body was discovered a day after she was reported missing following a June single-vehicle crash on Raleigh Road Parkway at Interstate 95 suffered traumatic injuries as a result of being struck by a tractor-trailer, according to a state autopsy report.

Jocelyn Hernandez, 21, died as a result of massive traumatic injuries due to a pedestrian collision with a large truck, according to her autopsy report.

On June 27, police responded to the area of Raleigh Road and I-95 after a Wilson County sheriff’s deputy spotted Hernandez’s black 2008 Nissan Sentra shortly after 8 a.m. But Hernandez wasn’t inside. Her front passenger door was open and her driver’s license, cellphone and other personal belongings were lying in the passenger seat, according to the autopsy.

A widespread search for Hernandez ensued. Police used multiple departments and teams along with a drone in hopes of finding her. They searched the crash site and surrounding areas and inside the city as well. The following day — June 28 — family members discovered her remains after they went to the area in an effort to find her.

Hernandez’s body was found on the northbound side of I-95 north of the crash scene and outside the road — about 500 feet away from the original wreck scene. Police have said the single-vehicle crash and then the hit-and-run wreck were two separate incidents. Police have also said her death was ruled accidental.

At the time of Hernandez’s disappearance, police said she may have had intentions of harming herself. Her autopsy report indicated she had made statements to others in relation to that.

In July, investigators said they didn’t have any witnesses or a suspect description in the hit and run. No witnesses to either wreck came forward, officials have said.

THE INITIAL CRASH

The initial single-vehicle crash happened at 3:18 a.m. on June 27. Hernandez was driving southwest on Raleigh Road Parkway when she ran off the road to the right at the end of the bridge, according to a police report. Her vehicle struck a tree on the embankment. After that, she struck another tree and her car came to a complete stop.

Police estimated her speed at 65 mph at the time of the crash, according to the police report. The speed limit in the area is 45 mph.

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