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Memorial planned for groom killed on wedding day

Posted September 15, 2009

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— Friends and family will gather Thursday evening to mourn a Raleigh man killed just hours before his wedding.

Christopher Raynor, 28, of 9240 Bruckhaus St., was headed to breakfast with his groomsmen Saturday, according to Father Salvatore Busichio, who planned to officiate Raynor's wedding.

Raynor was scheduled to marry Karen Taylor at Raleigh's Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church.

He was riding in the backseat of his best man's car when another driver ran a red light and crashed into them at the intersection of Lumley and Westgate roads around 7:30 a.m., authorities said. A third vehicle then ran over Raynor, according to a police report.

Police charged James Howard Early, of 17 Lynwood Road in Asheville, with a red light violation and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

A memorial service is planned for 7 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, with a graveside service to follow Friday at 11 a.m. at Raleigh Memorial Park and Mitchell Funeral Home.


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  • weez Sep 16, 2009

    He was not 17, that was his house address

  • scfair Sep 15, 2009

    Was he in a convertible?

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 15, 2009

    How awful. Also, why is this only a misdemenor? Seriously, the kid killed someone!! Seems like there should be a larger penalty than something that will probably be sealed when he turns 18 anyway!

  • Kristen168 Sep 15, 2009

    Where Glenwood routes traffic down across Westgate to get on 540 where the driver was probably heading back to Asheville is a very dangerous intersection. People are already going fast when they come down the hill, and suddenly there's a stoplight there so inevitably they're going to run it. Repeat: They are going fast when they come down that hill to cross Westgate and suddenly there's a stoplight there. The Asheville driver is probably not familiar with this intersection. What this is, which we are seeing more and more tragedy because of it, is a poor design, which that intersection always has been even before they put a bridge over Westgate. They never should have routed the traffic down, then up again like a roller coaster on a major highways and put a stop light in the middle of it. This tragedy didn't have to happen. I don't believe it is all the Asheville driver's fault because of poor design of the highway. It's like driving in a dangerous maze.

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  • boingc Sep 15, 2009

    A sad reminder to always wear your seatbelt, even if you are in the backseat. Sorry for the families...

  • vote4changeASAP Sep 15, 2009

    This is the saddest story. So sorry for the loss of this beloved man.

  • garnertoy Sep 15, 2009

    yes kimbby he was ejected

  • PTA mom Sep 15, 2009

    yes he was ejected from the car and was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Just Me Sep 15, 2009

    kimmby, in a previous article it was reported that he was ejected from the car and a 3rd car ran over him...my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the bride and groom