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One killed in crash near downtown Raleigh

Posted June 27, 2008

— A Raleigh man died early Friday when his car crashed into a utility pole and a fire hydrant near downtown, police said.

The driver, Jonathan Brite Brothers, 31, of 5752 Poolside Dr., was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene around 1 a.m., Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

According to the police report, Brothers was traveling north on St. Mary's Street when he ran off the right side of the road and struck the utility pole and fire hydrant near Lakeview Drive, north of Glenwood Avenue.

Speeding was likely a factor in the crash, according to the report. Brothers was driving about 55 mph in a 35 mph zone. It was not immediately clear if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Utility crews closed both sides of St. Mary's Road between White Oak Road and Lake Drive while they worked to repair downed power lines. Progress Energy's Web site reported that power had been restored to most customers by 8:30 a.m.


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  • sunydaze Jul 2, 2008

    AMEN Earp.

  • erp0620 Jun 30, 2008

    The Brothers' are family friends. It doesn't matter how fast he was going or anything else for that matter at this point. My husband and mother-in-law are at the funeral as I type. His parents and brother are devastated. I'm just in shock that some people on here chose to use this as a forum to bash the area or anything else for that matter. A 31 year old man lost his life. Let's keep some perspective.

  • sunydaze Jun 27, 2008

    i live near where the accident happened last night and while those of you typed away complaining about the people who live ITB, instead of praying for the family who lost their son, brother, etc, i was using my lunch to drive my non-bmw, truck to put flowers near the accident scene. maybe next time you'll focus on the big picture. a life was lost.

  • dmccall Jun 27, 2008

    Lakeview and St. Marys isn't "near downtown". It is, however, at the city limit's center point.

  • ILuvJetNoise Jun 27, 2008

    I wish people would wear their seat belt!

  • APPMAN Jun 27, 2008

    You're right RB...it sure is the Raleigh thing to do. We are all lucky more don't end up like this dude.

  • djofraleigh Jun 27, 2008

    lots of the older roads in Raleigh have the utility poles just off the pavement, just waiting for the stray sway of a car as a driver, nods, reaches or sneezes.

  • PC is for Losers Jun 27, 2008

    Must of had a deathwish. Flying down the congested road wearing no seatbelt. Sorry he's a goner, but WEAR YOUR SEATBELT!

  • SheriffTruman Jun 27, 2008

    Used to live further down St Marys and I can tell you, cars wecking up and down that road is not that unusual late at night. For some reason, people love to dive 70 mph there and ther are some pretty sharp curves.

  • Adelinthe Jun 27, 2008

    "My guess is speeding w/o wearing a seatbelt."

    Let's not guess. k

    It's akin to gossipping and has no value.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB