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Man charged in I-440 wreck that injured two

Posted November 2, 2013
Updated November 3, 2013

Hunter Macon Howell

— A 23-year-old man is facing DWI and other charges in connection with a wreck on Interstate 440 early Saturday that left two people in critical condition.

Raleigh police said the crash happened about 4 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-440 between New Bern Avenue and U.S. Highway 264.

Police said a 1999 Porsche 911 driven by Hunter Macon Howell, 23, of 3101 Redmond Court, struck the rear of a 2011 Ford Focus driven by Shelby Warren Wallace, 71. Marvin Lee Pendergraph, 66, was a passenger in the Focus.

Wallace and Pendergraph were taken to WakeMed.

Wallace was in critical condition Sunday afternoon; Pendergraph was in serious condition.

Howell was treated and released at WakeMed, then taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, not having state-required insurance and operating a vehicle with a revoked registration plate.

He was being held at the Wake County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 5, 12:43 p.m.

    @maverick, why are you soft on law breakers? ...because you are one? Otherwise, why have laws if you don't enforce them?

  • bizarro Nov 4, 1:34 p.m.

    Install "black boxes" in every car (like those in airplanes) that compares the car's current speed to the current speed limit (by GPS).
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    Just what we need--- more big brother looking over everyone and charging us outrageous fees to support this service.

  • bizarro Nov 4, 1:33 p.m.

    Go after the bar or person that sold or gave him the alcohol. The driver most likely did not get drunk by himself.
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    No... it's called being responsibly for one's own actions and not pushing the blame to someone else.

  • mojbridingrb Nov 4, 12:18 p.m.

    Go after the bar or person that sold or gave him the alcohol. The driver most likely did not get drunk by himself.

  • mavericks30 Nov 4, 11:44 a.m.

    Install "black boxes" in every car (like those in airplanes) that compares the car's current speed to the current speed limit (by GPS).

    How about you install one in your car and I don't. Also you sound like a left lane driver, you have any clue what the left lane is for? It's an overtaking lane only, so if your getting honked at in the left lane then your the problem. If someone is in the left lane and I don't care how fast their going, let them pass. You are not the only one on the road. Fast does not mean aggressive and obeying the law does not mean courteous. There are unwritten laws, and getting the heck out the left lane is one of them. As far as the black box thing, I think we've already had enough freedom's taken away from us, so that's a terrible idea.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 4, 10:14 a.m.

    Install "black boxes" in every car (like those in airplanes) that compares the car's current speed to the current speed limit (by GPS).

    Driver logs into the system to start the car. (NCDL#, password)

    All infractions are reported to the police and the driver receives tickets for each one. We have the technology to do all of this right now.

    This would certainly reduce the number of rude, tailgating, light-flashing, traffic-weaving, horn-honking maniacs on the road...and the number of wrecks.