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Witnesses Describe Fatal Bus-Stop Wreck

Posted August 24, 2007
Updated August 25, 2007

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— A driver was drunk and speeding when his car struck two men at a Raleigh bus stop Friday, police said.

Raleigh police filed charges of second-degree murder and driving-while-impaired against Jason Daniel Oliver, 28, of Durham.

One man was killed and a second critically injured in the accident at Buck Jones Road and Bashford Road around 5:30 p.m.

Oliver also faces charges of felony aggravated assault, driving with a revoked license, consuming alcohol while driving and having an open container of alcohol in his car.

Oliver came around a curve and lost control of his Chevrolet car before hitting two men who were standing on the grass waiting for the bus, officials said. Witnesses said Oliver was driving in a reckless manner, according to the accident report.

The men were thrown about 70 feet and landed in the road near a convenience store. Oliver did not slow down before hitting the men and struck them while he was traveling 66 mph in 35 mph zone, according to the accident report.

The spare tire from Oliver's Chevrolet also few off and hit a car traveling in the opposite lanes. The second car spun around and slid backwards off the road into a drainage ditch.

Jesus Gonzales Garcia, 33, died, officials said.

The other pedestrian, Walter Rodriguez Garcia, 23, was taken to WakeMed, where he remained in critical condition early Saturday morning.

Oliver was also taken to Wake Med to be treated for injuries. When he is released, he'll be transported to the Wake County Jail, police said.

“What I heard was a loud, like an explosion. Then I saw the two men fly through the air, all the debris fly up in the air. And then the other part of the man’s car just sucked, I mean went fast right back into the woods,” said witness Kelly Donovan.

Police said Oliver was traveling down Buck Jones Road when he lost control, hitting the light pole and the two men standing at the bus stop.

“That one man, you could tell he was already dead in the road, but they tried CPR on him,” Donovan said.

The impact was so severe it ripped the rear end off the vehicle. The rest of the car went down an embankment. Witnesses said Oliver was bleeding but was not badly hurt.

“He came up talking about it was all his fault, it was all his fault. They had to calm him down,” said witness Dennis Gaertner.

Rasul Abdugeuv, of Raleigh, was heading in the opposite direction when the wreck happened. He said his car was damaged by a tire that flew off the vehicle involved in the crash.

“Two seconds and I would have been one of those guys,” he said.

People who live in the area said the intersection is dangerous, and there have been several wrecks on the corner. Many said it was only a matter of time before one turned fatal.