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Teacher Dies After SUV Overturns on I-40 Off-Ramp

Posted April 25, 2007

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— A Holly Ridge Middle School teacher died Wednesday morning when his vehicle overturned on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, police said.

The single-vehicle accident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. at the westbound I-40 off-ramp onto Gorman Street, police said. The sport utility vehicle was traveling too fast when it went out of control and overturned, police said.

Michael Wendell Ruebin Jr., 37, of 3220 Calumet Drive in Raleigh, was taken to WakeMed, where he later died.

Ruebin was an eighth-grade science teacher and had taught at Holly Ridge Middle for one year. Faculty described him as someone who loved his job and loved his students. He taught about 100 children.

"I don't believe Mike was married, and he didn't have any children," said Holly Ridge social studies teacher Cedric Buck. "These were his kids. … He treated them as such. He loved those kids — he really did."

“I just know that he loved us all and that he wants us to live a good life,” said student Ashlyn Mitchell.

Grief counselors were at the school Wednesday and were expected to be there Thursday to help students and faculty cope with Reubin's death.

“No one wanted to go back into his room after they found out that he died,” Mitchell said. “They were all sitting in the hallway.”

"Within a year, you build a great relationship — you're spending an hour a day with those students," Principal Kenneth Proulx said. "You're not just teaching them science, but you're getting to know them as people."


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  • sapphire5660 Apr 25, 2007

    I don't know this person at all, but it is grievous for someone to die in an automobile crash - especially a teacher - at this time - our schools seem to be taking hard hits here lately - with the school shootings, etc. I feel sorrow for this young man's family - just on his way to work on a Wednesday morning, and to be taken away so quickly - it makes you think so deep.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Apr 25, 2007

    Huh? Too similar? They are totally different. Read them.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Apr 25, 2007

    Hey cobrien...how's things at the killer B's ?

  • teachbio Apr 25, 2007

    Michael Ruebin will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful man with a smile that could light up even the darkest days. He taught science at Smithfield-Selma High School. Those of us still here were greatly saddened to hear of his passing.

  • FiveOclocksomewhere Apr 25, 2007

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, fellow teachers and the students at Holly Ridge Middle. God Bless You All!

  • WC10 Apr 25, 2007

    I want everyone to know he was a good person and a good teacher. He will be missed by staff and students at Holly Ridge Middle School. I feel sure he wasn't speeding on purpose. He was not that type of person. He always obeyed rules and laws. He always had a smile on his face. God bless his family my prayers are with them.

  • kcfoxie Apr 25, 2007

    This is so sad. SUVs could be made better to resist rollover, by adding weight and making them even less efficient. *sigh* If more articles like this came out where it was proven that SUVs are no safer, or less safer, than a small car perhaps folks would reconsider their needs and purchases.

  • merrywidow Apr 25, 2007

    The last thing in the world we need is to lose another teacher. My condolences to the family, friends and students of this teacher. Man, teachers should be driven to school in limos. They're much more important than, say, pro ball players. It ought to be the pro ball players who have to drive hoopties.

  • emilypaige Apr 25, 2007

    where are the ones that had the nasty comments on the driving when they thought it was a drunk driver or someone that didn't know what they where doing? what is this racist sh*t? where are you guys? Ok, put your thinking caps on - this guy - who CARES what his race is - made a mistake - black people will say one thing white people will say another, but in the end it doesn't matter..... we're all the same

  • love32acupIBTC Apr 25, 2007

    The posting are WAY off. He's DEAD! The post are from 8:00AM - and it's now 3:30. WRAL says these posting are monitored and must bne approved before posting. Seems they are NOT monitoring these after all- or eles they would pull these posting that say :hope he is ok". "hope all is well", etc.