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Couple killed, woman injured in Cary crash

Posted February 12, 2012

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— A Cary couple was killed Sunday when their car was struck by oncoming traffic on West Chatham Street, police said.

Police say 22-year-old Martikia Adams was driving in a Saturn with her boyfriend, 26-year-old Brian Cobb, when she attempted to turn left onto Cary Parkway and crossed into the path of a Dodge Avenger.

Adams and Cobb were taken to WakeMed, where they died, police said.

Meghan Sladek, who was driving the Avenger, suffered minor injuries, police said.

The crash happened before 10:30 a.m. No charges have been filed.

No other information was available.

Neighbors living near the intersection say it's dangerous and a common site for car crashes.

"I've almost been hit by people who just come down, don't even think about the stop sign," Howard Kelly said. "In the morning, when they're going to work, they just come right out and make the left without even stopping, so there's always accidents here."


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  • earthmama Feb 13, 2012

    Ahem...dare I state the obvious? Yes, people need to be responsible for their own actions and stop placing the blame elsewhere. Plain and simple. If the young woman driving the Saturn failed to stop (rolling stop doesn't count), then her actions resulted in the tragic death of 2 people and the injury of another. If the Dodge driver was speeding while approaching that intersection, then she bears some of the responsibility as well. Not the Cary PD, not the city planners, etc. Most people can "police" their own actions just fine. It's called being a responsible person.

  • methinkthis Feb 13, 2012

    Class warfare is getting old. 90% of those who are rich didn't start out rich, they worked to earn it with the same opportunities open to all citizens. A lot of them did it without a college education. They just decided that they wanted to make something of themselves vs relying on a chameleon government for their existence. It is really both laughable and sad that someone thinks Cary Parkway is a 'rich man's' road. Funny because it does not belong to the so-called rich, people of all income levels live along it. Sad because people who think that are allowed to vote.

  • IzzMad2016 Feb 13, 2012

    "Lets just go ahead and say it:the reason Cary Parkway (Cary Speedway!)is not as heavily policed for speeding is because of all the rich people who prowl that route...there is a strong correlation between policing and median income levels."

    You have got to be kidding. I live off that stretch of Cary Pkwy and I assure neither myself nor any of my neighbors are rich. And we don't "prowl" that route. We drive it to work, to the grocery, to the doctor, etc. Considering Cary Pkwy starts at Harrison Avenue and doesn't end until Holly Springs road, your assertion that Cary PD ignores it so as to not bother any "rich" folk is laughable. Seriously laughable.

  • babedan Feb 13, 2012

    More of the "ME" crowd talking now. The police don't monitor because of the rich. Get over yourself people. The police can't be everywhere all the time. The accident happened because someone didn't obey the law and unfortunately they were their own demise. Start taking responsibility for your actions, and quit worrying about who has what and you'll find life a little more enjoyable.

  • mwerevu2002 Feb 13, 2012

    Lets just go ahead and say it:the reason Cary Parkway (Cary Speedway!)is not as heavily policed for speeding is because of all the rich people who prowl that route...there is a strong correlation between policing and median income levels.

  • kikinc Feb 13, 2012

    I've never gotten confused by the flashing yellow lights. And I've also never thought they've given me the right of way. I learned that back in driver's ed. Red means stop, green means go, and yellow means proceed with caution.

  • frftr187 Feb 13, 2012

    Someone made the comment about no one directing traffic and the safety of other motorists. When you have multiple victims to attend to, two working trauma codes, stabilizing vehicles to begin vehicle extrication and mitigating possible fire hazards directing traffic is the last thing a firefighter has time to do.

  • IzzMad2016 Feb 13, 2012

    "would probably have one of their new and very confusing flashing yellow arrows which makes you think you might have the right of way when you actually don't"

    I don't get why people complain about the flashing yellow arrows on the new lights. Red always mean stop, Green always means go and Yellow always means proceed with caution -- whether it be a yield sign or a solid yellow or a flashing yellow, it always means caution and never means right of way.

  • jdo823 Feb 13, 2012

    11:35am, a 65+ man and his wife made a right turn on red (without stopping) from Waldo Rood to Cary Pkwy. Their illegal turn right in front of an on-coming car! That car had to brake hard and shift to left lane in front of another car. Luckily, no accident.
    Drive slow and yield Right-of-Way, people! And please STOP at RED LIGHT!

  • h3ardita11b4 Feb 13, 2012

    I live off of Cary Parkway and that intersection is beyond dangerous. I make it a point to avoid it at all costs. My heart breaks for them; thoughts are with their families!