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Boy, 4, critically injured in Raleigh wreck; teen charged

Posted November 3, 2010
Updated November 4, 2010

— A Raleigh teenager has been charged with causing a wreck Wednesday evening that injured a 4-year-old boy in her SUV.

The wreck report states that Wendy Esmeralda Funes-Pineda, 17, turned left from Poole Road into the path of an oncoming car on New Hope Road. All five occupants of both vehicles were transported to WakeMed.

Funes-Pineda told police that she didn't see the oncoming car, according to the wreck report.

Christopher Funes, 4, who was a passenger in Funes-Pineda's SUV, was listed in critical condition Thursday.

Funes-Pineda and the car driver, 22-year-old Brittney Kittrell, also suffered serious injuries.

Kittrell's passengers – 23-month-old Khiren Smith and 18-year-old William Kornegay – sustained less serious injuries. Smith was in good condition Thursday, and Kornegay had been treated and released from the hospital.

Funes-Pineda, of 5224 Pronghorn Lane, was charged with driving without an operators license and unsafe movement.


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  • manuel3077 Nov 9, 2010

    moncha2003, in case you didnt know she is an american citizen, but does this really matter?. it could happen to anybody. God bless all of you for showing your support, the boy will pull thru.

  • heartsondeck Nov 8, 2010

    I am a friend of Brittney's and she and Khiren are doing much better. Brittney goes in for surgery this Wednesday. Nd Khiren was released yesterday. We thank you for your prayers. The family appreciates it.

  • moncha2003 Nov 5, 2010

    gee maybe i am missing something .. but i am 100 percent sure that the word immgrant was not used in this story....maybe my eyes need to be checked.. you right ecruz.. this is just another excuse to bring the race card in the story..

  • independentvoter3 Nov 4, 2010

    Sounds like someone needs to pay closer attention when turning into oncoming traffic! Hope the little fella gets better soon!

  • mulecitybabe Nov 4, 2010

    Time for Jim Goodmon to make another donation.

    Oh, and where are the rest of the comments?

  • ang801 Nov 4, 2010

    Hoping this little guys gets better..

  • gingerlynn Nov 4, 2010

    It is the No Operators license and she is carpooling a four year old around. My daughter has many friends with Spanish sur-names. She is in a public High school The legal ones have learner's permits, licenses or DO NOT DRIVE expecially at rush hour with a young child and no adult in the car.

  • ecruz16 Nov 4, 2010

    What makes you think she's an immigrant? Just because she has a spanish last name? Did you forget Puerto Ricans have spanish last names and are US citizens by birth? Go back to school and stop spreading racism.

  • Wake1 Nov 4, 2010

    You said it Mugu!

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Nov 4, 2010

    LMAO @ mugu