911 call: Driver 'all over road' before fatal Durham collision
Posted January 3, 2014
Durham, N.C. — A Raleigh man charged with killing two brothers in a head-on collision a week ago was "all over the road" before the crash, according to a man who called 911 to report the erratic driving.
"I've got a pickup truck. He is all over the road. He's driving in the wrong lanes again," the man told a 911 dispatcher early on Dec. 27 as he followed the pickup along N.C. Highway 98 from Wake County into Durham County.
"I've got cars all over flashing their lights at this guy. He is going to kill somebody," the caller said.
As the dispatcher gathered information, the man reported the collision.
"Oh, God, here we go. Head-on, head-on, head-on," he said frantically. "You need people out here now."
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup crossed the center line of N.C. 98 and collided with an Isuzu Rodeo SUV near the Coley Road intersection.
The Isuzu's driver, Jorge Avalar, 43, and his brother, Andreas Avalar, 47, both of Ruby Ridge Drive in Durham, died in the wreck.
The pickup driver, Robert Portner Breeden III, 20, of 10900 Cahill Road in Raleigh, is charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.
Troopers said Breeden was high on marijuana at the time, adding that they found drug paraphernalia in his truck.
The Avalar brothers, both from El Salvador, had been living in Durham for about a decade, according to relatives. Their bodies were flown back to their homeland this week, and funerals were held Friday.