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911 call: Driver 'all over road' before fatal Durham collision

Posted January 3, 2014

Robert Breeden III

— 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.

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  • btneast Jan 6, 2014

    While I don't partake, I agree. I think he was on something else too, in addition to the pot.

    I agree. Stoned people typically drive real slow and tend to be overly cautious, although they are still impaired and dangerous. His behavior is atypical for pot alone.

  • btneast Jan 6, 2014

    And Colorado just legalized the use of pot! Can we get any dumber?

    You think so? No one legalized driving while impaired. Alcohol is legal. DWI is not, nor will it ever be.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 6, 2014

    "You have got to be kidding me that he was just high on Marijuana! He must have been on other drugs or medication" - rpastor


    While I don't partake, I agree. I think he was on something else too, in addition to the pot.


    "And Colorado just legalized the use of pot! Can we get any dumber?" - 1jalapeno


    They'll probably legalize alcohol next. Oh wait....

  • Gnathostomata Jan 3, 2014

    Accidents are what happens when everyone is doing the best they can and something is thrown into the mix, like an icy patch, or an animal running into traffic. Driving while impaired is NOT an accident; people have been warned about drinking and driving or using drugs and driving for decades. Unfortunately, the person who CHOOSES to mix a vehicle with the impaired condition considers self more important than the safety of others. This was a choice that was bound to end in tragedy sooner or later when he got behind the wheel. The 911 caller recognized it. Now the court needs to recognize it. The victim could have been anyone on the road that night. He could have stayed home, but he chose to get behind the wheel, making that truck a murder weapon. I hope he isn't using my insurance company, 'cause someone is going to pay big time for this.

  • sunshine1040 Jan 3, 2014

    Who ever gave him keys should also be charged. This was not his first time driving impaired but will hopefully be his last. Also want to know who payed bond. They must be learning impaired also.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 3, 2014

    I'm sure it won't be long before pro-pot will be comparing the rates of death by drunks vs. high but I'll tell you before you start, if you want to get drunk OR high, keep your rear out of the driver's seat of a car! Both impair judgement and reaction time, and even the slightest impairment can make a difference in split second decisions we're forced to make sometimes in cars. Wanna drink? Drink. Wanna smoke? Smoke. But don't risk everyone else's lives too

  • rpastor Jan 3, 2014

    This is rediculous! This man needs to be charged with Murder! You have got to be kidding me that he was just high on Marijuana! He must have been on other drugs or medication... no one ever makes that kind of mis judgement from smoking pot! I hope the state of NC uses him an example

  • 1jalapeno Jan 3, 2014

    And Colorado just legalized the use of pot! Can we get any dumber?