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Hit-and-Run, Fiery Wreck Kill 4 in Garner Area

Posted January 11, 2008
Updated January 12, 2008

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— A hit-and-run on U.S. Highway 70 and a second wreck where one car caught fire killed four people in the Garner area Friday night, authorities said.

The hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road shortly after 6:30 p.m., police said. Four other people suffered minor injuries in the wreck, police said.

The Garner Police Department, the state Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sheriff's Office were searching Friday night for Victoriano Thomas Layon, 36, who authorities said ran from the scene after the wreck.

A K-9 team and the Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the search.

A man and a woman, both in their 40s or 50s, were killed when their Ford Taurus was involved in the three-car wreck. Their identities  weren't released pending notification of relatives.

A woman and two children in Layon's vehicle and the driver of a third vehicle were taken to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Eastbound U.S. 70 was shut down for more than five hours, and the intersection was blocked to traffic on Jones Sausage Road, police said. Debris was scattered for more than 20 feet around the area.

About four hours later, a wreck on Old Stage Road near the Eagle Ridge subdivision south of Garner killed two people, authorities said. One of the vehicles caught fire in the wreck.

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  • jackadoo Jan 12, 2008

    For those who did not see it, an earlier version of this story quoted the Cops as not knowing about the perps immigration status. Hence the Mexico comments. Yeah, he may out of the country by now.

  • blahblahblah Jan 12, 2008

    Amused - four people killed in two separate acidents.

  • abcdefg Jan 12, 2008

    Don't be so quick to judge his immigrant status. I was on scene and his family did not appear to be Hispanic. They appeared to be very upper middle class WHITE. Word was that when this subject got out of his truck and was confronted, he was making no sense. It appeared as though he was hearing voices and was having a psych attack.

  • Amused Jan 12, 2008

    Terrible! But was there 2 people killed or 4 people killed??

  • ashewing Jan 12, 2008

    WOW...my daughter and I drove through that intersection, traveling east on HWY 70 at aproximately 6:20 pm. We must have had angels traveling with us.

    So sad for those who were not so fortunate. My prayers go out for all involved.

  • UPTOP Jan 12, 2008

    I PASSED THE ACCIDENT ON MY WAY TO WORK AND THE POOR PEOPLE IN THAT CAR NEVER HAD A CHANCE. THE PERSON THAT RAN TO PROTECT HIMSELF NEEDS TO TURN HIM SELF IN. THE FAMILY OF THOSE POOR PEOPLE DESERVE THAT MUCH !!! THEY DESERVE TO KNOW WHY THIS HAPPENED !!!

  • ncweddingdj.com Jan 12, 2008

    Fuquay may be right. The guy driving the big truck jumped out and ran for the border after the accident....Leaving his family, injured it seems, in his truck. So HIS list is even longer if all this turns out to be true---illegal (?), drunk (?), stupid (for sure), no class whatsoever (for sure), a family man (for sure) concerned about his wife and kids, etc.

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Jan 11, 2008

    I could see the helicopter circling from my back yard over the White Oak Shopping area, which is only approx. 2 to 3 miles from my home. My husband came upon the wreck and said it was awful. He said the car had the top ripped off, possibly jaws of life, and you could not tell what sort of car it was from his view. I hope he is caught before he kills someone else.

  • crazi4life Jan 11, 2008

    I went past this crash on the way to the movies. I thought is was probally the saddest thing I had ever seen. I saw the wife of the man on the run crying at the corner near the crash. My heart goes out to them and I hope they find that criminal

  • oldrebel Jan 11, 2008

    Set up the roadblcks on a line between Brownsville, Texas and San Diego, California. My bet is the perp will show up there.

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