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Mother, Son Die in Christmas Day Wreck

Posted December 26, 2006

— A mother and son were killed Monday while on their way to visit family for Christmas, authorities said.

Charles Burger Jr., Barbara Burger and their son Ivan Burger were driving from Hillsborough to Wilson for the holiday and were eastbound on Wendell Boulevard near the U.S. High 64 and U.S. Business 64 split Monday afternoon when they were involved in a head-on collision, authorities said.

A westbound 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Billy Ray Bullock Jr. , 35, of Raleigh, spun out of control, crossed the median and collided with the 1998 Chevrolet passenger van driven by Charles Burger, authorities said.

Ivan Burger, 20, and Barbara Burger, 57, were killed in the wreck. Charles Burger, a well-known landscape architect in Orange County, was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Bullock was treated at WakeMed and released on Monday.

Ivan Burger wasn't wearing a seatbelt, but both of his parents were, authorities said.

No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.

Other members of the Burger family declined to discuss the accident Tuesday.

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  • jwitbltlwp Jan 13, 2007

    I think that Billy Ray needs to be held accountable for his actions. That's not to
    say that he's a bad person, it just means that he needs to face the facts. Nobody but
    Billy Ray decided how fast he would drive on Christmas day. And he chose to drive at a
    speed at which he could (obviously) not control his car. Its just that simple.

    I hope that the courts impose a fair sentance. Fair to me would mean:

    1. Loss of license for at least one year.
    2. AT LEAST 30 days (of the 120 allowed) in Jail.
    3. AT LEAST 240 hours of community service perhaps divided between:
    a. 80 hours at WakeMed's Critical Neuro waiting room b. 80 hours telling his story at drivers education classes c. 80 hours as a funeral home usher at head on car crash victim viewings

    It seems that would be very fair and reasonable.

    There's already been a huge tragedy. I hope the DA's office and the courts don't make another one by not imposing some real consequences to Billy Rays tragic choice to drive too f

  • lmarie Jan 3, 2007

    Ivan was a very nice person, and his friendship and cheerful personality brought a lot of joy to my family over the years. This is a terrible loss for everyone who knew and loved Ivan, as well as for those who will never get the chance to.

  • scottiethescribe Dec 30, 2006

    to the burger family, as the brother of billy bullock i am would like to extend my heart to you all. My family, and church are praying for your father and relatives. losing a love one no matter how is never easy and on christmas day just adds to the pain. I would like to thank all of the comments and support from friends and family. No matter what the outcome no amount of "justice" can over shadow what both parties will have to go through the years to come. The burgers a painful reminder on christmas. my brother with the same memory. So to mrs janetsam unless you know the facts dont be so quick to judge. We all know you have been living a perfect life not causing anyone pain. And for you to look up someone files and put him out there like that on a public place shows a lot of disrepect. hurting people. the only difference is you are doing it on purpose. Know if he was an dwi or dui yes i can see. so to janetsam be careful, you never know what life brings, remember the golden rule. Do

  • tlsmith Dec 28, 2006

    I would like to send all my love out to Jeremy, Julia & Sylvia. I am truly sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies also go out to the rest of the Burger family, Ivan's girlfriend, and anyone else feeling lost at this truly tragic even. Ivan was a great person, so grounded for a 20 year old. Barbara was a good womans and always wanted everyone to be the best they could be. I continue to pray for Charles that he may be at rest with whatever he is facing right now. God bless.
    Tammy Smith

  • daddysgirl2730 Dec 27, 2006

    Like we had said earlier. We are here for you Billy and now I believe that this is turning out to be hateful and discriminating and I am not going to sit here and allow that especially to people who dont even know you. God decides when to carry his children home not us. So, if anyone has a problem with this I suggest that you learn to have faith and pray.....

  • daddysgirl2730 Dec 27, 2006

    A driving record to pass judgement on someone? I guess that everyone in this world has never made any mistakes??? You are making Billy sound like a criminal! Well, he is NOT! He is a good-hearted person. He suffered badly when his father was killed in a car wreck and he knows how it dfeels. Why are you discriminating him based on his driving record??? No one knows exactly what even happened. Stop making Billy out to be a bad person because he had tickets! Leave him alone! You dont even know him..... His Gossister Carrie Boykin Hurrelbrink

  • sbullock94 Dec 27, 2006

    A person's driving record does not define his heart or his soul. Billy lost his father when he was 17 years old from a car accident so he knows the pain this family is feeling! Billy is praying as hard for the Burger family as people are praying for him. Don't be so quick to judge.

  • jan123 Dec 27, 2006

    I'm sorry, but I am having a hard time feeling sorry for the driver who took the lives of these people.

    "Bullock has been convicted of at least 10 driving violations since 1989, according to state court records, including seven counts of speeding. He also was charged with reckless driving to endanger in 1989, but that charge was dismissed and he was found guilty of unsafe movement."

    I am wondering why he was allowed to keep his drivers licence. Hopefully, justice will finally prevail and this person will not endanger any more lives.

  • davettanowlin Dec 27, 2006

    I am a RN that stopped at the accident to assist. I was on my way back to Charlotte to work, but when I saw the accident I just knew I had to stop. The memory will always be embedded in my head of what I saw. Another RN also stopped to assist and we did what we could do. Unfortunately the accident was too tramatic. My prayers go out the the Burger family, may God give you comfort at this time of need. I also send prayers out to Mr. Bulluck. I know this is tough for you as well and you may be confused about why this happened. Well noone know why these things happen, all we can do is trust God. May God bless you all.
    Concerned RN.

  • dellwanger Dec 27, 2006

    The Burger family is in our prayers and thoughts. We pray for blessed repose and eternal memory for Barbara and Ivan; and for Fr. Deacon Charles, that God be with him as he recovers. For Sylvia and her sister, that God comfort them.
    The Ellwanger Family