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Fatal vehicle crash startles north Raleigh street

Posted June 30, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014

— When Mike Edwards heard a vehicle roar down Hunting Ridge Road near his home Sunday night, he thought the sound was odd.

The north Raleigh road is hilly and curvy with large trees lining it. The speed limit is 30 mph.

Moments later, Edwards heard screeching, followed by a loud crash.

“I said, ‘Oh my goodness.’ So I ran over there, and it was mangled,” he said. “There was glass and debris everywhere.”

Edwards was the first person to see the driver. And he knew the worst had happened.

“We checked his pulse. There was no pulse,” he said.

Jonathon Gregory Taylor, 18, of Raleigh, was killed Sunday after the vehicle he drove crashed on Hunting Ridge Road near Tanbark Drive.

Police said Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Ravenscroft School, was alone in the car when he went around a curve, ran off the road to the left, struck a storm water drain and then a tree.

"I've never seen anything like that before,” Edwards said. “It was just awful.”

Investigators suspect he was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed, something that surprised Taylor’s friends.

Maggie Collawn, who was Taylor's prom date, described him as athletic, someone who “tries everything” and “pushes himself so far.”

“That's something that I don't think I ever would have heard in the same sentence, that he died in a car accident,” she said while sitting near a memorial at the spot where Taylor died.

A private remembrance ceremony was held at Ravenscroft Monday night.


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  • miseem Jul 1, 2014

    Speed bumps are an effective method of slowing traffic. Hit one once at 60, even 45, you'll remember it. Do it too many times, you'll remember the car repair bill also. Of course, if we keep cutting back on road maintenance, we will have lots more speed calming devices placed for free. Potholes. What speed would you suggest for a curvy two lane road in a residential neighborhood? As fast as you want to? I'm sure even Germany with their autobahns has speed limits in residential areas.

  • elkerster Jul 1, 2014

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    Sadly the doesn't stop everyone. I was slowing down a tad to go over a speed bump on Northbrook in from of the school and the drive behind me crossed the double yellow, speed up, passed me and then cut me off to avoid hitting an oncoming car.

  • Smiling Jul 1, 2014

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    I've heard that this young mans Mother is a doctor of some kind and his Father is a NC State Trooper......that's probably why there is no mention of his address.....none the less, it's very sad.

  • Jerry Sawyer Jul 1, 2014
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    Everyone must be accountable for their actions - But, I would still like to know who gave him or allowed him to have access to alcohol. Time and time again, alcohol is a contributing factor in under age vehicle "accidents". Actually, it is no accident when someone drives DUI.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 1, 2014
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    that may be but perhaps WITH those speed bumps they don't have to go as frequently. They are high enough to slow traffic but no so high as you have to almost stop to go over them. And it's not that long a street really. And if they are good enough for Brentwood I figure they're good enough for any other neighborhood where the speed limit is 35 or less. Mind yo I DID NOT SAY every road where the speed limit is 35

  • JAT Jul 1, 2014

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    how is a cautious driver punished by having to slow down a tad?

  • umop apisdn Jul 1, 2014

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    The problem is when emergency vehicles need to get in or through those areas, the speed humps impede their ability to do so quickly.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 1, 2014
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    Personally, while a tad inconvenient, I LIKE the speed bumps in the Brentwood neighborhood and wouldn't mind seeing them in all neighborhoods. Certainly prevents speeding down the streets and children and pets are much safer (pets DO accidentally get out of yards sometimes-mine does and I watch her like a hawk, but she's sneaky)

  • Dana McCall Jul 1, 2014
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    See how the stupid 30mph speed limit is ineffective? The city's attitude toward speed calming in neighborhoods is misguided and only punishes cautious drivers.

  • umop apisdn Jul 1, 2014

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    Well put and I couldn't agree more. It's a tragedy but the fact is he was driving way too fast and (maybe) under the influence of alcohol. He could have killed other people.

    Something else I noticed is that it lists his address...as Raleigh. Typically they post the address of the person but have left this one out. Why is that?