published Monday, March 26th, 2012

Benton, Tenn., teen dies in Bradley County crash

A single-car crash in Bradley County Saturday morning resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl.

The car driven by Christina Hope Gargala of Benton, Tenn., slid off Benton Pike around 6:30 a.m. Saturday while rounding a small curve near the intersection of Gatlin Road, sheriff’s office spokesman Bob Gault said.

The vehicle went through a barbed-wire fence before crashing into a tree. Although the crash is still under investigation, wet pavement from early rain appears to have been a contributing factor, Gault said.

Gargala died Sunday morning at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga after being transferred by air ambulance from SkyRidge Medical Center.

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