Local News

Family of men killed in Durham crash struggle with driver's release

Posted December 30, 2013

— The family of two brothers killed in a crash last Friday said Monday that they don't understand how the driver charged in the wreck isn't in jail.

Robert Portner Breeden III, 20, of 10900 Cahill Road in Raleigh, is charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. He was released on a $500,000 bond.

He didn't utter a word in his first court appearance Monday, and both he and his attorney declined to comment afterward.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Breeden was westbound on N.C. Highway 98 early Friday when his 2010 Dodge Ram pickup crossed the center line and collided with an Isuzu Rodeo SUV near the Coley Road intersection.

Jorge Avalar, 43, and his brother, Andreas Avalar, 47, both of Ruby Ridge Drive in Durham, died in the wreck.

Troopers said Breeden was high on marijuana at the time, adding that they found drug paraphernalia in his truck. They are awaiting a full toxicology report from the state crime lab.

The Avalar brothers, both from El Salvador, had been living in Durham for about a decade, according to relatives.

Jorge Avalar was driving his brother to his construction job Friday morning, the family said, calling both men hard workers.

Andreas Avalar is survived by a wife and six children, while his brother leaves behind a wife and two sons. The bodies of both men are being flown to El Salvador for funerals on Friday.

The Avalar family said they fear Breeden could hurt someone else if he gets behind the wheel again.

Breeden has previously been charged with a hit-and-run with property damage in Wake County and possession of synthetic marijuana in Chatham County. He's due in court on those charges next month.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • SaltlifeLady Jan 6, 2014

    Daddy Warbucks needs to spend his money to send his kid to rehab!He should have left him in jail where he would get three square and a cot, and not be behind the wheel of a car to kill someone else!

  • maureenmercer1 Jan 6, 2014

    Sounds like he should not have been allowed to drive in the first place. The families of the two men who died should file a wrongful death suit against the driver along with any insurance claims. The driver would have to spend years in jail and when he got out have to support the families of the med he killed.

  • MitziGaynor Jan 3, 2014

    Ah triumph.....this has NOTHING to do w/ pot being legalized. Alcohol is legal and people drive drunk on a daily basis which IS illegal so I'm not sure your point is valid ;)


    Because the argument of potheads is the pot is "safe" and would not harm people.

    That being said, there was other drug implications found.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 2, 2014

    @Triumph, are saying that since people drive drunk, that alcohol should be illegal?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 2, 2014

    Googlemap that house. Wow! What a mansion!

    If I was the attorney for these two widows and their (combined) 8 (now fatherless) children...there'd be a *huge* civil suit.

    And if I was a jury member, these 10 people could have whatever they asked for.

  • gingerlynn Dec 31, 2013

    Daddy's trust has been put up as bond
    Property Owner
    Total Value Assessed* $1,468,707

  • Jump1 Dec 31, 2013

    He will not do any time, the family will see to that. Also as he has a clear record he will have it easy.

  • Jump1 Dec 31, 2013

    Mayor Bell needs to look at this one as well and call in the Commission on this as well.

  • scubagirl2 Dec 31, 2013

    "Breeden III is out of jail because your justice system is soft on traffic crime.LocalYokel"

    NO, he's out of jail because mommy and daddy are WEALTHY. it's a no brainer

  • buckskin022 Dec 31, 2013

    And looking at the google earth of his house, this is definitely a case of little rich kid getting out of jail when none of us would be. Affluenza strikes again :(

    You are right on that one, shows what money can buy in a court room. Judge better watch out, he might claim he is too priviledged (sp?) to right from wrong.