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Man, 24, dies in wreck on Centennial Parkway in Raleigh

Posted October 28, 2014

A 24-year-old man died early Tuesday in a single-car wreck on Centennial Parkway near Lake Wheeler Road, police said.

— A 24-year-old man died early Tuesday in a single-car wreck on Centennial Parkway near Lake Wheeler Road, police said.

Robert McKenzie Carter was driving a 2006 Volvo S60 east on Centennial Parkway at about 1:30 a.m. when he sideswiped the curb, left the road and hit a tree.

Carter was pronounced dead at the scene. A 33-year-old passenger in the car was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation of the wreck is ongoing, police said.


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  • texasncgirl Oct 28, 2014

    That strip of road is REALLY REALLY dark!! Even with my high beams on, there it's difficult to see curbs.

  • Ben Sanders Oct 28, 2014
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    I heard he's not doing too well.

  • Maxxx Oct 28, 2014

    Tons of deer late at night on this road. Perhaps he swerved to miss one, and wrecked his car. RIP

  • archmaker Oct 28, 2014

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    not really, the speed limit is 45 and I have yet to notice anyone doing less than 60 because it is wide open and not a lot of traffic. I bet people go a lot faster in the early hours.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 28, 2014

    This is horrible!! I really hope he is okay!

  • sallyquality Oct 28, 2014

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    It really doesn't matter why. A person died and his parents, friends and coworkers are devastated. Don't try to place blame. Just as easily have been coming home from work and fell asleep or had a medical emergency.
    Put yourself in the position of his parents, friends and coworkers. Whatever the reason, the end result is the same. A bright young man is dead.

  • IceCreamMan Oct 28, 2014

    A seemingly innocuous road. Very strange. RIP Robert.

  • kdnole Oct 28, 2014

    I work with Robert and he was just out of college at NCSU. He was a fine hard working young man and all of us here at the mill will miss seeing this gentle giant every day. God Rest his Soul.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 28, 2014

    Speed has not been reported on, yet the context of the first 3 comments. Why is alcohol not being questioned? It was 1:30 am. Why is texting not being questioned? Could it be due to an animal in the road, thus a swerve? Could the driver have fallen asleep? Could there have been an argument that took the driver's attention away from actually driving? There are these possibilities and more. Why is speed the first (and only) argument?

  • EliteOne Oct 28, 2014

    The speed limit is 40 and it is a wide and fairly straight road.