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Highway Patrol searching for SUV in fatal I-40 crash

Posted February 3, 2015

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— The State Highway Patrol asked for the public's help Tuesday to locate an SUV believed to have caused a three-car crash that killed one man and closed westbound Interstate 40 in Garner.

A Pontiac Trans Am driven by Paul Eric Rosequist was eastbound on I-40 near the Jones Sausage Road exit at about 11:15 a.m. when a burgundy Chevrolet SUV or GMC Envoy suddenly cut in front of it, causing the Trans Am to veer into the median, the Highway Patrol said. The Trans Am went through a wire guard rail and crossed into the westbound lanes, where it hit a Chevrolet Impala driven by Elizabeth Langdon.

The Impala then swerved to the right and struck a Kia Sorrento driven by Judith Barefoot, the Highway Patrol said. The Impala and the Sorrento wound up on the right shoulder of westbound I-40.

Rosequist, 62, of Garner, died at WakeMed of his injuries. Langdon, 66, of Clayton, suffered serious injuries, while Barefoot, 70, of Clayton, suffered what authorities said were non-life-threatening injuries.

Westbound I-40 traffic was diverted onto the Jones Sausage Road exit for about two hours while troopers investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage.

The SUV troopers are trying to locate was last seen traveling east on I-40.

The public is asked to call the Highway Patrol at 919-733-3861 or 919-733-4400 with any information.

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  • Ben Sanders Feb 5, 2015
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    If the guy's natural reaction every time someone cuts in front of his car on the highway is to drive it off the road, he needs to trade in his car keys for a bus pass. He is obviously not equipped to handle the task and is only a danger to everyone else on the road.

  • Jack Miller Feb 4, 2015
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    This is why I have a dash cam in my car.

  • Obamacare rides again Feb 4, 2015

    Sadly, they'll probably never catch the woman who caused this fatal wreck. RIP to the victim.

  • Mike Berthold Feb 4, 2015
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    It's called a natural reaction. We all know, you're a super stud and you'd always win the games of "Flinch" so you'd be well prepared if someone swerved towards your car.

  • moomoo Feb 4, 2015

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    I would say "determined2win" should offer you an apology, if in fact you are a camera operator, which I have no reason to think you are not one.

  • Ben Sanders Feb 4, 2015
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    Did his car not have brakes? It's a much better alternative than running off the road. And that still didn't answer the question of how the other driver "ran him into the median". I'm picturing some sort of X-Men telekinetic powers that made him run his car off the road.

  • Brian Hill Feb 4, 2015
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    If you cut someone off and they have to swerve to avoid hitting you, you are still at fault even if your car never made physical contact.

  • millydobler Feb 4, 2015

    Maybe if NC DOT got off their lazy rears and put in those concrete medians to prevent head-on freeway accidents, we might not have a fatality here. Those wired fences along the median do not hold back vehicles at all. I have read NC has a high rate of fatalities because these wired fences not doing their job, and yet another reason why our auto insurance rates are higher. Even higher than California.

  • Jack Miller Feb 4, 2015
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    Good point about the cable barriers. If the cannot even stop a Trans Am, what good are they? It would be better to have Jersey barriers there.

  • webhype Feb 4, 2015

    the wire dividers are USELESS, NC cheaping out again, trucks can drive right over them and cars barely get tangled in them. With the daily traffic volume in that area cement dividers need to be in place, not guardrails, not guardwires.

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