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Man charged in wreck that killed retired Wake teacher

Posted April 20, 2011

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— A Knightdale man faces new charges in a wreck last Thursday that killed a retired Wake County school teacher, Raleigh police said.

Lauren Everett-Justin Avery, 24, of 5208 Mylady Court, surrendered to police Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of death by vehicle, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Police said Avery ran a red light on Capital Boulevard at Brentwood Road and struck a car driven by Wade Judson Harward Jr., 63, of Raleigh. Harward later died at WakeMed.

Avery was initially charged with a red light violation.

Harward was a graduate of Millbrook High School and North Carolina State University and taught at Ligon Middle School, Garner and Enloe high schools and Wake Technical Community College, according to his obituary. He was an active member of New hope Baptist Church.

Harward is survived by one son and two granddaughters.


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  • twc Apr 20, 2011

    It's not JUST an accident when you intentionally run a red light! Misdemeanor death by motor vehicle is too light a charge. It should be negligent homicide!

    Red light running is routine at that intersection!! Stay tuned for the next fatality there.

    LOOK before entering an intersection after the light changes to green!!!!!!!!

  • RomneyRyan2012 Apr 20, 2011

    I'm all for the red light cameras and hope they keep them in Knightdale. They are a deterrent. Too many people fly through the red lights because we have to wait so long at an intersection. I've squeezed through red lights. But I don't do it in K'dale because I know the camera is there.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 20, 2011

    Why isn't this just an "accident"?

    Things like this happen all the time.

  • djofraleigh Apr 20, 2011

    IF we had the red light cameras on major intersection like that one, one which has over a 100,000 crossing daily, then people would think more and run lights less. the lights also prove who ran the light. I'm for changing the law and having more cameras, which the legislature doesn't seem to want to allow. The funds should fist pay for the light, and then the rest to the schools.

    I've paid just over $50 twice from the camera. Went on line and watched my car zip into the intersection with the light red. No points on license or insurance, but $50 out of pocket. It was enough to make me think When in Raleigh and Knightdale.

  • rdmdur2770 Apr 20, 2011

    I went to lunch late today about 12:45 and was sitting in a line of cars eastbound on Hopson Rd. waiting for the stop light to turn green at the Miami Blvd. intersection when a car nochalantly rolled through the intersection northbound on Miami Blvd. AFTER the light on Hopson Rd. had already changed to GREEN. These days, almost all stoplight have about a 5-second delay where all directions are RED. Should that driver have been able to stop for the red light? Hmmm! Luckily, no one at the front of the line of cars I was in was "jumping the light", or failed to see the other car. Their luck was good today! -:)

  • rightisright58 Apr 20, 2011

    To those of you that classify this as an accident: Doubt it! This man was an educator who was retired, who deserved to enjoy his life, who was abiding by the law, AND whose life was cut short by a criminal.

  • Six String Apr 20, 2011

    Did this guy make a decision to run the light, or just missed seeing it, or what? I must have missed another article on this, it seems like everyone thinks he ran it on purpose.

  • LocalYokel Apr 20, 2011

    RPD should charge themselves a misdemeanor for not enforcing our traffic laws and charge Lauren Everett-Justin Avery with a felony.

    We all know what can happen when we run a red light just like we know what can happen when we pull a trigger of a gun.

  • LocalYokel Apr 20, 2011

    A misdemeanor is defined as a "lesser" criminal act. Its used for offenses like graffiti.

    Way to send a soft-on-traffic-crime message RPD. Its no big deal when you kill someone with your car right?

  • LovemyPirates Apr 20, 2011

    About an hour ago, I watched 2 cars run a red light on Hillsborough. Red lights mean nothing to many.