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Case of beer found at Knightdale Bypass crash site

Posted April 22, 2013

— Investigators found a case of beer – some cans empty and some full – at the scene of a single-car crash that killed a man March 23 on the Knightdale Bypass.

According to search warrants released Monday, Raleigh police are looking at the cellphone records and vehicle data of Silvestre Marban Betancourt, 31. 

Betancourt was westbound on the Knightdale Bypass (U.S. Highway 64) headed toward Interstate 440 when he overcompensated coming around a bend in the road.

According to the wreck report, Betancourt's Chevrolet Suburban flipped and skidded on its roof for more than 150 feet, and he was crushed inside. He died at the scene.

Given the presence of the beer cans, police suspect that Betancourt was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.


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  • Obamacare survives Apr 23, 2013

    I sure hope it was good beer.

  • davisgw Apr 23, 2013

    justafella: and just where in my comment did you read that I stated the police should have been the ones to take the sample?

  • same ole story Apr 23, 2013

    And this is a story a month after the fact HOW??????? The man died, yeah we got that earlier.....

  • justafella Apr 22, 2013

    davisgw, I am sure that the Coroner did just that. Raleigh Police do not take blood samples.

  • kikinc Apr 22, 2013

    didisaythat-Actually, more cowbell has a point. If it's an accident where someone is killed on impact, empty beer cans and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle could have someone jump to conclusions. I'm sure that blood would be taken for analysis, but I'm sure we'd read an article on here the next day with the deceased's name and a description of the items found in the car, leading someone to assume they were under the influence.

  • davisgw Apr 22, 2013

    The presence of empty cans in no way explains when where or how they were emptied. If they were going to blame drunk driving, they should have taken a blood sample for analysis.

  • barneybobo Apr 22, 2013

    That's where my beer fell off the back of my truck.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 22, 2013

    Technically it's correct, since man was killed in this accident.

  • didisaythat Apr 22, 2013

    More cowbell,
    I like your name, but your statement is off to say the least. You should really try and do a ride along with an office and see how law enforcement and investigations really work. They would only think you were drunk if try showed signs. Then they would ask you to do some quick tests to see if their suspicions are right. Then they have you blow into a machine. If you fail all of this, then you are dunk.

  • tarheel4life Apr 22, 2013

    "at the scene of a single-car crash that killed man"