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Man, 7-year-old boy killed in violent Raleigh wreck

Posted August 3, 2013
Updated August 4, 2013

— A 22-year-old man and his 7-year-old nephew died Friday night due to injuries they sustained in a head-on collision near East Millbrook and Six Forks roads, Raleigh police said. 

According to investigators, Tyeqauze Damar O'Neal was traveling 76 mph westbound on East Millbrook Road about 8:20 p.m. when he lost control of his 1994 Toyota Camry, crossed the center line and hit a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser that was traveling eastbound. The wreck happened between Burnlee Place and Tralee Place. 

Kyrail McLean, 7, was in the car with O'Neal. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, and O'Neal died from his injuries at WakeMed, police said. According to a wreck report released by authorities, McLean was the only person not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. 

Friends and family of the two stopped by the crash site Saturday to leave teddy bears and a basketball. 

" I was really really sad. I was hurt, I was shaking. It could be my kids too," said Elanor Odametey, a family friend.

Friends said that O'Neal was driving his nephew home from a basketball game at the time of the crash. Neighbors said they would often call McLean "little Obama" because he was so smart and charming.

Dominique Leeshaun King, another passenger in O'Neal's car, was in good condition Saturday afternoon. 

Mackenzie Moore, 19, who was driving the Chrysler at the time of the wreck, was in fair condition at WakeMed Saturday afternoon. A 14-year-old girl who was in Moore's SUV at the time of the wreck was in good condition. 

Terrail Taylor told WRAL News she saw O'Neal's Camry traveling very fast prior to the wreck. 

"Clearly they were speeding," she said. "(They) lost control of the car, overcorrected, turned and hit the PT Cruiser head on."

The sound of the wreck reverberated throughout the neighborhood and brought people running to see what happened," Taylor said. 

Raleigh police released a 911 call Saturday morning from a woman who told dispatchers that one of the cars involved in the wreck was on fire.

In the call, the woman said O'Neal's Toyota was "mangled" and that there was debris from the wreck strewn all over Millbrook Road. 

Police closed all lanes of Millbrook Road for about four hours while they investigated the wreck and cleared cars from the area.

The family has started the O'Neal Brothers Memorial Fund at Fifth Third Bank to help pay for burial costs.


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  • Scubagirl Aug 5, 2013

    What in the world was his reason

    stupidity! nothing more, nothing less. maybe showing off a bit as well for his 7 yo rider to look 'cool'.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 5, 2013

    What in the world was his reason for traveling 76 (estimated) miles per hour? Was it an emergency, maybe? I just don't understand why he was going so fast.

    So sad.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 5, 2013

    That poor family!
    Praying for them.

  • Scubagirl Aug 5, 2013

    The section of Millbrook where this happened is AFTER crossing 6 forks just past the shopping center there. I was there, I travel there daily and just happened to be going home after it happened. The article (AND debris field) both indicate he was going WEST on E. Millbrook which does in fact mean that he was doing 76 in a 35 zone. YES the residential section of E. Millbrook. There is no bump on that side-the bump is on 6forks just as you leave it-I know that bump well and it's a good reminder to slow down, but you only feel it going east on millbrook

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 5, 2013

    80 mph on Millbrook had to be on the other side of Millbrook, not the wooded residential area with all of the twists, turns and tree roots buckling the roadway. There is no way a '94 Camry beater does that.

    Crossing that stretch of Six Forks via Millbrook, there has always been a bump as the road is uneven at the intersection. I'm guessing after hitting the bump in the intersection at that rate of speed the white Camry went airborn and lost control.

  • Scubagirl Aug 5, 2013

    Actually LocalYokel, where the wreck occurred the speed limit is NOT 45, it's 35. It changes to 45 once 6 forks is crossed (in the direction the driver was headed I believe)

  • A person Aug 5, 2013

    P.S. I hope the victims of this guys foolishness in the other car are doing well. All they were doing was driving like they had some common-sense and they end up on the receiving end of this stupidity

  • A person Aug 5, 2013

    I guess some people would prefer Millbrook Rd to be a "death trap" instead of a "speed trap". Fact is, that road is built for 35 mph. There are houses all up and down that road. 76 mph thru there is ridiculous, and just plain careless for an adult to do alone much less with a child in the car. And for some reason, that child was not wearing his seatbelt. Totally senseless.

  • LocalYokel Aug 5, 2013

    Most wrecks are violent and this one was no exception. Wrecks are essentially an assault with a deadly weapon.

    Is that the Raleigh Police Department's version of a speed trap where bad drivers go 76MPH in a 45MPH zone and violently wreck?

  • pulstar40 Aug 5, 2013

    How horrific. And so pointless. 76 mph on Millbrook?