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Police: Driver In Fatal Bus-Stop Wreck Was Drunk, Speeding

Posted August 25, 2007
Updated August 27, 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 said they plan to file 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 was sentenced to 91 days in jail for a previous DWI in October 2002 in Vance County. His license was revoked then, and he was also fined $300 and given 18-months' probation, according to court records.

He was cited for driving on a revoked license in April 1999 and operating a motor vehicle without a license in April 1995.

Court records show that Oliver had an extensive criminal record, dating back to April 1995. Authorities filed 23 charges against him, mostly in Durham and Vance and Craven counties.

Oliver has also faced charges for assault, counterfeiting and drug offenses.

In the Friday accident, witnesses told police that Oliver was driving in a reckless manner before his lost control of his Chevrolet car. He was driving 65 mph when he hit two men standing on the grass while waiting for the bus

The men were thrown about 70 feet and landed in the road near a convenience store. Oliver did not slow down before hitting them, according to the accident report.

Jesus Gonzales Garcia, 33, died at the scene.

Walter Rodriguez Garcia, 23, was transported to WakeMed and was upgraded to good condition Saturday afternoon.

Oliver was also in good condition at WakeMed Saturday afternoon. When he is released, he'll be transported to the Wake County Jail, police said.

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  • crystalmessedup Aug 27, 2007

    People can say what they want, But in reality most of the whole world has once drove drunk and just didn't get caught, so thank your lucky stars and he doesn't deserve anymore than Linsey Lohan. Also to the idiot that says who gets drunk at that time of day "Why do bars serve alcohol during lunch" and don't stop serving when they should be held responsible for any accidents following..So you tell me who's fault it can also be.

  • 68_polara Aug 27, 2007

    Two more victims of Durham's revolving door court system. If this guy was serving the time he deserved for the crimes he had already committed of this would not have happened, once again think you Durham County judges, i.e. Orlando Hudson.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Aug 27, 2007

    If you saw the video, the first witness they spoke with was Kelly Donovan. She and I carpool together. I usually pick her up at that same bus stop every morning. She was going home when she witnessed the accident. She was so upset. She called me I tried to calm her down. She descrided how badly the 2 men were after the accident. That is a dangerous bus stop area. The guy that was drunk got out of the car, came up out of the bushes and said, "Oh my bad!" He made everyone upset. The guy that was drunk was a young white male. He was not hispanic. The one killed was hispanic.

  • youngll Aug 26, 2007

    chill0913 - Has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the people that choose to enter the US illegally and kill people then get let off with a slap on the wrist. I don't care what race you are, you don't get 4 to 5 years for killing 3 innocent students going to their church services.

  • mindyourown Aug 26, 2007

    This person should be prisoned to the max, locked up for life!

  • RainierBeer Aug 26, 2007

    bring back the death penalty! it won't bring this guy back but it will bring justice back

  • lovecarolinagutters Aug 26, 2007

    65 mph on that stretch of road?? wow that's crazy. The bus stop at that location is in a curve and there is very little room for people waiting as it is. So sad.. when will people learn to be responsible when behind the wheel of a car? Maybe he can meet up with Rick Smart while in the county jail. The guy that killed the person on the moped in Garner a few weeks ago. I have known Smart for a number of years and he has no respect for himself or anyone else.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Aug 26, 2007

    Chill,
    That law was for accidents involving injury, not death. This charge doesn't have anything to do with new laws, but I'm glad they charged him with murder rather than manslaughter. Hopefully it sticks in court and he gets put away for a long time.

  • SunnyDays Aug 26, 2007

    I know we are not going to blame this one being on the bus stop being in the wrong place.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Aug 26, 2007

    In the previous version of this story, the driver kept telling everyone, "It's all my fault!" Wonder how his lawyer will get that statement thrown out.

    I'm still confused as to why everyone is so concerned about getting cigarette smoking banned and not as concerned about getting the use of alcohol banned. At least people can drive a lot more safely while smoking than while drinking alcohol....

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