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Charge filed in fatal Capital Boulevard wreck

Posted April 15, 2011

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— Police have charged a Knightdale man in connection with a Thursday afternoon wreck on Capital Boulevard that killed a Raleigh man.

Lauren Everett-Justin Avery, 24, of 5208 Mylady Court, was charged with a red light violation.

Police said Avery was northbound on Capital Boulevard in a rented truck and ran a red light at the intersection with Brentwood Road.

The truck hit the side of a 2001 Toyota driven by Wade Judson Harward Jr., 63, of Dove Lane, police said.

Harward was taken to WakeMed, where he died.

The wreck caused delays to northbound traffic on Capital Boulevard and in both directions on Brentwood Road during the evening rush hour.

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  • JXJ Apr 19, 2011

    Jay Harward was a father, a brother of several siblings, had 2 beautiful little grandaughters, an awesome bass voice in the church choir, and he had a lot of friends that loved him. Totally shocking and tragic.

  • cn38of50 Apr 15, 2011

    I'm all for having red light cameras at EVERY intersection. If you break the law you should be held accountable. People often complain about things like this happening, but let them install a camera and they blow a gasket. You can't have it both ways. My sympathies to the family.

  • genegeneandnancy Apr 15, 2011

    I've noticed there has also been an increase in people running stop signs...guess they think the stop signs are there for decoration rather than for stopping purposes.

  • godnessgracious2 Apr 15, 2011

    I can't tell you how many cars I've seen run red lights in front of cops and NOT get ticketed. The result of loose oversight of such instances?? = fatal accidents (IMO). What is it with cops NOT handing out fail to yield tickets here??

    Being in the intersection when it changes does not lead to accidents. Going through the red when the other light is green does. If a cop saw the latter it would be pursued I hope.

  • rescuefan Apr 15, 2011

    "BMG379 - probably just picked it up at that uhaul DRIVER WAS GOING NORTHBOUND AT BRENTWOOD, DIDN'T DO A U-TURN, SO NO THEY DIDN'T JUST PICK IT UP AT U-HAUL. KNOW THE AREA BEFORE MAKING ASSUMPTIONS.
    redwidow2009"

    It's not really that big of a deal. Seriously. It could be she was RETURNING a truck to the UHaul. I do know the area and know that you have to go past the UHaul place and make a U turn to get there if you are coming from the south. Not sure what you're all worked up about.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Apr 15, 2011

    BMG379 - probably just picked it up at that uhaul
    DRIVER WAS GOING NORTHBOUND AT BRENTWOOD, DIDN'T DO A U-TURN, SO NO THEY DIDN'T JUST PICK IT UP AT U-HAUL. KNOW THE AREA BEFORE MAKING ASSUMPTIONS.

  • R_U_loves to laugh Apr 15, 2011

    Back home, if you go through an intersection where the light just changed from yellow to red, your ticketed.

    I can't tell you how many cars I've seen run red lights in front of cops and NOT get ticketed. The result of loose oversight of such instances?? = fatal accidents (IMO). What is it with cops NOT handing out fail to yield tickets here??

  • SmileAndNod Apr 15, 2011

    "Lauren Everett-Justin Avery" huh?

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 15, 2011

    It use to be this would of been considered involuntary manslaughter. Maybe death by motor vehicle. Just a sad.

  • rescuefan Apr 15, 2011

    Unfortunately, there is a huge difference between killing someone while driving and talking on a cell than doing it when you are drinking. Drinking and driving is illegal, talking on the phone and driving isn't.

    I agree that red light violations are the norm now. It's really scary. I drive through the Millbrook Road/ Falls of Neuse Road intersection regularly. As I sit at my red light and watch the cars that race through AFTER the light has turned red, I get really upset. I know that it's too costly to have a police officer waste his/her time sitting there and monitoring the intersection, but someone will pay with their life soon because of the red light runners.

    I broadsided someone in downtown Raleigh several years ago because the guy I hit ran a red light. He came up behind someone who was stopped at the red light and moved over into another lane and came through right in front of me. There was no way to miss him since my light was green as I approached the intersection.

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