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Authorities reopen Western Boulevard near prison following wreck

Posted November 13, 2013

Authorities closed both eastbound lanes of Western Boulevard near Central Prison at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday due to a wreck involving two vehicles.

— Authorities closed both eastbound lanes of Western Boulevard near Central Prison for about two hours Wednesday morning due to a wreck. 

Raleigh police responded to the scene, near Hunt Drive, at about 6:30 a.m.

They determined that Irvin Hill Jr., 64, of 5013 Mocha Lane in Raleigh, stopped at the intersection then turned left off Western to Hunt Drive and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Matthew David McMorrow, 27, of 2630 Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh, was unable to avoid a collision.

Hill was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. 

The road reopened to traffic at about 8:40 a.m. 


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  • nathanbrewer36833 Nov 15, 2013

    Mr. Hill passed away last evening, he will be sorely missed by many. Recuiescat In Pace Deacon Irvin "pop chains" Hill.

  • rjholland62 Nov 13, 2013

    Mr. Hill you are in my prayers. You are a child of the King so i know you will be okay

    Love Ya! Ro

  • lets_b_real79 Nov 13, 2013

    He came out of surgery ok. He's a trooper! Not totally out of the woods yet so keep praying if you will.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 13, 2013

    "Pulling for you Irvin Hill. Stay Strong."

    Praying for him too.

    Please keep us posted on his condition.

  • IndependentAmerican Nov 13, 2013

    Who's Irvin Hill?

  • nathanbrewer36833 Nov 13, 2013

    pulling for you Irvin Hill. Stay Strong.

  • lets_b_real79 Nov 13, 2013

    I know I can't say what I would like to on this post, but please be careful because you don't know what happened. One of the drivers was rushed to the hospital and is in critical condition and is being operated on now. You never know what happens in these situations.

  • JustDave Nov 13, 2013

    I still don't know why I read these comments.

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 13, 2013

    That's a dangerous place first thing in the morning, you are driving directly into the sun. Maybe the person couldn't see the traffic light or see the person in the intersection due to the sun in their face- I know I slow down through there every day for that very reason.

  • kellypsnll Nov 13, 2013

    Pretty harsh, Local. Who is to say that it was due to bad driving? Maybe it was ice on the roadway or a tire blowout. Unless you saw it happen, I'd leave the prison comment out.