TROOPERS: Wreck Kills Couple

By: Carly Swain
By: Carly Swain

Investigators said a couple ran off the road, hit a tree, and their vehicle caught fire.

Troopers said a 22-year-old driver and her 26-year-old boyfriend were killed when their car hit a tree and caught fire.

Investigators said five minutes after midnight on Wednesday, Ashley Sloan Marapese, of Wallace, was driving on Jack Dale Road in the same town. Troopers said the car crossed the center line, ran off to the left, struck a ditch and then a tree. The vehicle then caught on fire. Marapese died on the scene, as did her boyfriend, Jimmy Norris, Jr.

Troopers said the couple has two children together, both under the age of 3.

Trooper A.B.Duff is continuing the investigation. Neither the driver nor passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

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