A 2008 OPRF graduate died Sunday, a week after a traffic crash in North Carolina that left her hospitalized.

Jessie Mitchell was living in Cary, N.C., where her family moved after she graduated from high school.

Mitchell had attended North Carolina University in nearby Raleigh. According to a crash report, the accident occurred just outside N.C. State’s campus at 3:20 a.m. on Nov. 28.

Mitchell’s car allegedly drifted off the side of the road, hitting a light pole and then turning over, flipping multiple times before landing on its wheels, according to the report.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Medical Examiner Office said it appeared Mitchell died on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Reports from friends said Mitchell had been in a coma, and died from complications during brain surgery.

Mitchell received a ticket at the scene for driving while impaired.

A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department said the ticket would have been issued if the officer at the scene found probable cause that Mitchell’s blood alcohol level was over 0.08 percent, though he did not have access to specific information on the case as of press time.

OPRF spokesperson Kay Foran said Tuesday that the high school was aware of the incident and had confirmed Mitchell’s death.

Mitchell’s family could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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