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Man killed, woman critically injured in I-40 crash

Posted December 3, 2010

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— A man died and a woman was critically injured after they crashed and were ejected from their vehicle early Friday on Interstate 40 East near New Hope Church Road, exit 263, according to the Highway Patrol.

Their identities were not released, and troopers said they are not sure who was driving. The woman was in critical condition at UNC Hospitals, according to Trooper W.A. Kerr.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. and shut down all I-40 East lanes for several hours. The highway was reopened by 7:45 a.m.


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  • fischer Dec 6, 2010

    Hillsborough, N.C. — State troopers said that alcohol is suspected in a wreck on Interstate 40 East in Orange County early Friday that killed a Virginia man.
    Marcus A.H. Frazier, 35, and Amanda Nicole Mawyer, both of Charlottesville, Va., were the only two occupants of a Toyota SUV on I-40, near New Hope Church Road. Troopers said it wasn't clear which person was driving.
    Around 4 a.m., the SUV driver made an "evasive" right turn, troopers said, and the vehicle overturned several times. Frazier and Mawyer, who weren't wearing seat belts, were both ejected from the vehicle.
    Frazier died upon impact, and Mawyer was taken to UNC Hospitals, where she was in critical condition.
    Frazier and Mawyer are related by marriage.

    Troopers said they found beer cans in the SUV and at the crash scene, there was a heavy odor of alcohol about both victims, and a blood test on Mawyer was positive for alcohol.
    Charges are possible in the wreck, troopers said.
    I-40 East was closed for nearly four hours.

  • asweetgrl4u29 Dec 3, 2010

    I am a friend of the guy that passed away in this accident.This is a tragedy and we are all upset by this. Please keep his family n your prayer as well as the young lady still in the hospital!!!

  • SweetB Dec 3, 2010

    Awful. Sad sad sad. pray for these families...

  • misterprecedent Dec 3, 2010

    The laws requiring seat belts (and helmets) are also intended to protect those responsible for causing crashes. If you cause a collision and the occupants are INJURED, the charges (traffic violations) and consequences are a lot different than if they are KILLED (vehicular manslaughter). In addition, you are more likely to be able to maintain or regain control of your car during a collision (and not jeopardize others' lives further) if you are wearing a seat belt, rather than bouncing around unrestrained. Investigations, lawsuits and disability payments cost significantly less when people have non-life-threatening injuries than when they are maimed or killed. Seat belts (and helmets) save money AND lives.

  • LovemyPirates Dec 3, 2010

    rednek - I'd be happy for NC and all states for that matter to remove the helmet & seat belt laws, but first anyone who choose to ride/drive without either needs to sign a document that will hold up in any court that if they are injured as a result of this decision, then they will not expect public funds to pay for any hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, SSI payments, disability payments or long-term medical care expenses. Until that happens, all the self-professed "libertarians" are just blowing smoke.

  • rednek Dec 3, 2010

    IMHO Seatbelts and motorcycle helmets are both safety devices that need to be worn. I have been wearing a seat belt since the late 60's and always wear a helmet when riding my bike. My big problem is the law allowing the courts to take your money if not wearing them. If people don't want to wear them, let them exit the gene pool.

  • BadDayforButch Dec 3, 2010

    My prayers are with them and their families. I cannot understand why people still drive around without their seat belts if that is what happened here. Senseless deaths.

  • boingc Dec 3, 2010


    "That is tragic about your sister. Sorry to hear about that. You are exactly right. It doesn't matter what you are wearing or doing when the man upstairs calls you home, it's time to go."

    You are quite wrong -- YOUR DECISIONS AND YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! By your logic, if I play russian roulette and kill myself, that was because of god, not MY DECISION to play russian roulette. Also, by your logic, a drunk driver who kills someone shouldn't be held responsible because that was god's will.

  • annemarek Dec 3, 2010

    Sad to read stories like this. It could be anyone of us.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Dec 3, 2010


    That is tragic about your sister. Sorry to hear about that. You are exactly right. It doesn't matter what you are wearing or doing when the man upstairs calls you home, it's time to go.