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Fatal wreck delays traffic in Knightdale

Posted October 23, 2008

— A fatal wreck in Knightdale backed up traffic more than a mile in the westbound lanes Thursday morning.

Lucia Castro-Alvarado, 29, of Knightdale, was westbound on U.S. Highway 64 Bypass at 6:50 a.m. when her 1996 Isuzu Rodeo went onto the right shoulder of the road near Interstate 540, said Trooper Fred Trueblood of the state Highway Patrol. She overcorrected, and the vehicle went back onto the shoulder, where it overturned and struck an embankment, Trueblood said.

Castro-Alvarado was wearing a seat belt, but she was partially ejected from the vehicle, Trueblood said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only person in the vehicle.


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  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Oct 23, 2008

    I have one advice to save money and save your life.. SLOW DOWN.. dont know why people think they have to drive so fast to discover they get stuck in traffic. Plus you can save some money on gas at the pump. Just because gas is dropping dont start crying when it goes back up. You could have taken that difference and saved it for hard times..... Hwy 64 is 55 and 65 not 85 and 90. I just dont get it as to why people need to travel at high speeds and on top of that get on their cell phones. I guess its more important to rush to the employer. Soon people will realize that companies will still be there long after you are gone. but you might make love ones sad... its not worth it...

  • thescarletpimpernel Oct 23, 2008

    My daughter and I went through this accident about fifteen minutes after it happened, it was a horrific scene. I'm so sorry to read it was a fatality. The roof appeared to smashed close to the floorboard, it reminded me of cars being impacted at a junkyard. The car had flipped a good ways from the embankment. It was just awful.

  • thnbluln Oct 23, 2008

    offconstantly... measurements and eyewitness statements make it reasonable to believe the vehicle was not exceeding the posted speed. However, there weer contributing facots such as that of another vehicle making an abrupt stop/deaccelleration front of the Isuzu.
    Yes, the vehicle was extremely mangled. She overturned at least 2 times.
    This is a very sad situation. The victims husband was killed in a crash in NC a few years ago and she leaves behind 3 grieving children.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • seeingthru Oct 23, 2008

    What a horrible thing to happen to anyone simply on their way to work or anytime.........condolences

  • Commentor5 Oct 23, 2008

    mathforall: "It seems a little insensitive to the family of the deceased that WRAL's focus is on the traffic being delayed."

    But that is what WRAL does best - they sensationalize the news, even in a tragedy such as this. If you remember a few weeks back when the SHP officer was killed, the reporter referenced his death in another unrelated story.

  • mathforall Oct 23, 2008

    Does the title of this article bother anyone but me? It seems a little insensitive to the family of the deceased that WRAL's focus is on the traffic being delayed.

  • offconstantly Oct 23, 2008

    i also saw this incident this morning, as well all i could tell was it was a green car. couldnt tell if any marks were on the highway for it was too much traffic.car from the looks had to been speeding excessivly for that type of damage

  • Topsail Girl Oct 23, 2008

    numbersfan - it was green and that's about all I could tell. The top had been cut off and the car was magled very badly. I'm praying for this family right now. I keep sarching for an update. Does anyone have any idea what happened? It looks as if the driver just lost control to me.

  • livinglife Oct 23, 2008

    I passed by the wreck this morning right after it happened and it appeared they were cutting off the top of the car or it had flipped; either way the top was mashed in. It was down in the embankment a little so it was difficult to see the car as it was surrounded by tall grass.

    My prayers are with the family.

  • numbersfan Oct 23, 2008

    anyone know any other information on this? Type of car?