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Knightdale High student charged in fatal wreck

Posted September 23, 2010

— A Knightdale High School student was charged with causing a wreck Thursday morning that killed a Zebulon man on his way home from work, authorities said.

State troopers said that Tyler Daniel, 17, of Rolesville, was driving a Ford Taurus on Jonesville Road on his way to school at about 7:30 a.m. Daniel stopped briefly at the intersection with Mitchell Mill Road, but then pulled out into the path of an eastbound Chevrolet Blazer, troopers said.

The SUV flipped after the crash, and the driver, Donald Johnson, 57, died at the scene.

Daniel and an unidentified passenger, who is also a Knightdale High student, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at WakeMed North.

Donald Johnson, killed in wreck on Mitchell Mill Road Man killed while driving home from work

"He did come to a complete stop, (but) he thought that he could make it across the road and collided with the vehicle," Trooper Ceon Cayco said after interviewing Daniel in the hospital. "He feels really bad about what happened, and he's just real somber right now."

Daniel was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way. He had no previous driving infractions on his record, Cayco said.

Cayco said the wreck should serve as a reminder to other young drivers not to become distracted on the way to school.

"Just take the time. Take it slow and easy and make sure everything is clear before you enter these intersections," he said.

Troopers said that Johnson was wearing a seat belt. He is survived by his wife and two adult daughters.

Raleigh officials are considering widening a section of Mitchell Mill Road just west of the site of the wreck because of traffic and safety concerns.

The widening would run from Louisburg Road to Forestville Road, and a public hearing was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, on Forestville Road.


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  • skenneysmiles Sep 24, 2010

    I have a teenage son named Tyler, he's 18. He totaled my car last November. Pulling out in the road, thought he had enough time. He and the passegners were not seriously injured. My side air bags saved his life. The other car was also totaled. Once the shock that he could have been killed left my mind, I realized he could have very well killed the person driving the other car. He too was a teenager. He could never had lived with that. So to the Tyler in this accident. You get well, and know accidents do happen even to experinced drivers. People are praying for both families. God will be with you

  • trishrenee72 Sep 24, 2010

    continued....i have driven agressively in the past being in a hurry to get work, to get home, etc. It is sad it took this for me to realize this now. RIP Mr Johnson

  • trishrenee72 Sep 24, 2010

    I think we should use this time and space to give the families that r involved our condolences and prayers. My husband and I pulled up seconds after it happened and jumped out of the car to see if there was anything we could do to help. I am dealing with all sorts of emotions just from seeing the aftermath of the wreck. I can only imagine what BOTH families r going through right now. I travel that road every morning to go to work and as I passed by the intersection this morning tears streamed down my face,I could not hold it back, my heart goes out to everyone that was effected..it is such a sad thing that has happened. I have read some of these comments people have left and am very dissapointed in our human race right now..besides the people that left there condolences, and not judge who did what, who was speeding, etc. I know now that if I am late for anything, too bad, I am not speeding , I am taking my time and being more cautious of my surroundings as I drive. I have driven aggre

  • crysalston Sep 24, 2010

    I think the victim might have been speeding which might have contibuted to the accident. My thoughts are with both families.

    I agree with you on that. The teenager may have caus the accident, but if the victim wasn't speeding, he might have had more time to react. The state troopers aren't going to say that because Mr. Johnson's life was taken. We can't put all the blame on this child. Stop criticizing this child and let the will of God be. Everybody has a day when they will leave this earth and we don't know how we gone leave it, but we all better be ready. Prayers goes out to the Johnson family and to the Daniel family. This should be a lesson to not only teenagers, but to all that enter the highways. We all need to be more cautious and take our time.

  • seankelly15 Sep 23, 2010

    Arkansas Razorback - "I think the victim might have been speeding which might have contibuted [sic] to the accident." Is there evidence of this or are you just speculating? And, if it was a failure to yield right of way, I am unclear how speed affected that; perhaps the severity of the wreck, but not the cause of the wreck.

  • Arkansas Razorback Sep 23, 2010

    I think the victim might have been speeding which might have contibuted to the accident. My thoughts are with both families.

  • UNCgirl87 Sep 23, 2010

    I'm 23 years old and I have been driving since I was 16. I don't understand why so many "older" people love to criticize younger drivers. Everyday I see people who are in their 30's, 40's, 50's who drive while talking on their phone and make careless mistakes just like those young drivers. I have only been in one accident and it wasn't my fault. I had the right of way and the other person didn't even stop at the stop sign. Guess how old he was, in his 40's. Also, to comment on the other comment's from earlier today, teenage drivers shouldn't NOT be allowed to drive, how the heck do you think they learn??? I'm sure you all were young drivers at one time, how did you learn how to drive? Prayers for all families involved.

  • wildcat Sep 23, 2010

    Talk to the highway patrol. They may be able to give you some information on the lights situation.

  • Adelinthe Sep 23, 2010

    "Does anyone know how to get the city or county to add stop light"

    From what I can determine, a certain number of deaths have to occur at a location to get a light, and then only if media gets involved and publishes it so many come to know about it - OR until the loved one of some type of dignitary dies there.

    Been that way for as long as I know.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Sep 23, 2010

    ""He did come to a complete stop, (but) he thought that he could make it across the road and collided with the vehicle," Trooper Ceon Cayco said after interviewing Daniel in the hospital."

    Well, he took his chances and another man lost his life, so I understand.

    The bottom line there is though, that intersection has been a hazard since I lived out there some 15 years ago. It needed a traffic signal then. Why does it now have one now???

    Praying for both families.

    God bless.