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Man, 21, wrecks on I-40 in Cary

Posted December 9, 2009

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— Troopers say a driver was going too fast in the rain when he wrecked on Interstate 40 near Harrison Avenue early Wednesday.

Matthew Stevenson, 21, hydroplaned, lost control of his car, drove off the road and overturned around 1 a.m., authorities said. He was taken to Rex Hospital as a precaution.

Stevenson was cited for exceeding a safe speed for conditions, troopers said.

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  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 9, 2009

    Hey Blues Man Z: How about this one then, since obviously that last one caused flash burns.....If all the bad drivers would go back to their home state, then they wouldn't have to put up with the NASCAR heathens down here.....you know, the ones who KNOW HOW to drive in traffic without killing folks.....just sayin'.............;)

  • Proud Wife and Mother Dec 9, 2009

    "If the speed limit is 65, that means it is 65 in both the left and the right lane. It isn't lane specific. The left lane doesn't give you permission to speed."

    -bdubls1

    You make a heck of a good point there!!!

  • wwwalker Dec 9, 2009

    Mods, really?

  • bdubls1 Dec 9, 2009

    If the speed limit is 65, that means it is 65 in both the left and the right lane. It isn't lane specific. The left lane doesn't give you permission to speed.

  • wwwalker Dec 9, 2009

    I’m not saying this guy did nothing wrong. Don’t get all worked up. I'm not trained to investigate car accidents.

    Are you?

    I have had a warning ticket before when I was driving the speed limit while it was raining. I don't know if this guy was speeding and neither do you.

    BTW, you don’t have to be going super fast to flip a car, especially if you hydroplane or your wheel gets caught in the ground (not that far fetched considering it was RAINING).

    Don't be so quick to judge.

  • Timbo Dec 9, 2009

    "People are going at least 20-40+ over. Slow down- you are not god's gift to the world. You are just like the rest."

    Back at you. Just get out of my way when I'm coming up the left lane. I don't have time to wait on your slow you-know-what.

  • QTC Dec 9, 2009

    "It seems too subjective to the officer's judgment. I guess you still get your day in court, but that's always a hassle, especially if you didn't do anything wrong."

    How can you look at the photo of the car upside down and still take the position that the driver didn't do anything wrong? Running off the road would have been bad enough. But this youngster flipped the vehicle onto its roof! So, was he driving too fast for conditions? This isn't just the officer's judgment call. I'd say the evidence speaks for itself.

    I agree with "thought". People drive too fast. People tailgate. And people tailgare while driving too fast. Unfortunately, they endanger those of us who elect to behave responsibly.

  • Blues Man Z Dec 9, 2009

    Thougt says "Everyone here drives way too fast- Also too close."

    That's because Y'all down here think y'all might could be NASCAR drivers.

  • thought Dec 9, 2009

    Everyone here drives way too fast- Also too close. I have had many close calls and people need to slow down - don't you think your life is worth it? I'm not talking five over the limit either. People are going at least 20-40+ over. Slow down- you are not god's gift to the world. You are just like the rest.

  • wwwalker Dec 9, 2009

    Would you still get this citation if you were going say, 5 under?

    That's the rule-of-thumb I was taught in drivers ed, but 60 mph is still too fast in some areas on 40. How slow do you have to drive?

    It seems too subjective to the officer's judgment. I guess you still get your day in court, but that's always a hassle, especially if you didn't do anything wrong.