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Driver charged in fatal accident

Posted September 11, 2008

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— One man died in a wreck early Thursday along Leesville Road, police said.

Police said the vehicle was traveling north on Leesville Road when it left the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and flipped, police said.

Daniel Robert Esmond, 38,  of 4109 Lake Lynn Drive in Raleigh, died in the 2:25 a.m. crash. Esmond was traveling in a vehicle driven by Anthony Joseph Caggiano.

Caggiano, 20, of 11901 Appaloosa Run in Raleigh, was injured in the incident. He has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, provisional driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving.

The wreck caused limited power outages in the area. Progress Energy reported that it had more than 325 customers in Raleigh without power, but service was restored later in the morning.

Crews had to wait until a new utility pole could be brought in before reopening the road. The damaged pole connects to two man feeder lines, so crews couldn't cut it down without shutting off electricity to 8,000 customers and stop lights at several major intersections, authorities said.

 

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  • tlaw Sep 12, 2008

    cgl2908 Oldschooltarheel, I'm so glad that you have never made a poor decesion in your life. The families are in a time of mourning and to let you know the gentleman that passed away has two brothers and an 18 year old college student. So before you throw te first stone in passing judgement have a little compasion.

  • oldschooltarheel Sep 11, 2008

    PetLovinCaryLivinBuckeyeFan - "the fact is 2 lives are over in different ways because of this [insert description here]."
    It is a blessing these individuals chose to exhibit their exceedingly poor judgement (aka narcissistic idiocy) at a time when people who use the bicycle path for cycling & walking were not on it. I fervently hope these individuals did not smear their gene pool around before their "event" - it will reinforce Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

  • IzzMad2016 Sep 11, 2008

    Some of you people are hopeless. No compassion. Quick to judge. So fast to point fingers and say "wouldn't happen to me." Mistake. Accident. Call it whatever you want.....the fact is 2 lives are over in different ways because of this [insert description here].

  • oldschooltarheel Sep 11, 2008

    "People forget that things like this an happen to anyone, any time and should think twice about making snap judgements of people and situations. Accidents happen."

    Winner, winner chicken dinner. Our "scholar" substituted "accident" for "mistake".
    Brilliant!
    No, this won't be happening to me or mine because we: 1. don't drive drunk or impaired; 2. keep our motorized vehicles on appropriate roads, not bicycle paths!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 11, 2008

    This is truly a shame. A very sad story with two lives wasted.

    But, what is almost as sad, are all the people who mock, belittle, and seem to even celebrate the death of a fellow human being. Those people should be very ashamed of themselves. I would argue that we could do without some of their DNA in the gene pool...

  • IzzMad2016 Sep 11, 2008

    Whatever Cookie...whatever. My hope for you is that no one you know or care for is ever in a sad situation such as this and you find out first-hand what both families in this tragedy feel. Drunkeness is never accompanied by common sense and ACCIDENTS happen.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 11, 2008

    "Accidents happen. This one was by all accounts preventable but an accident all the same. Lighten up folks.....show some compassion."

    Driving drunk into a pole is not an accident, it's a wreck.

  • IzzMad2016 Sep 11, 2008

    Thank you dlaw. People forget that things like this an happen to anyone, any time and should think twice about making snap judgements of people and situations. Accidents happen. This one was by all accounts preventable but an accident all the same. Lighten up folks.....show some compassion.

  • dlawhorn Sep 11, 2008

    Amen....PetLovin.....The story has been updated since my original post. The names and ages have been added. A loss is a loss and my heart goes out to both familes.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 11, 2008

    "provisional driving while impaired

    what is that exactly?"

    The correct term is "Driving by person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol or drugs." "Provisional DWI" doesn't really exist, it's just what the media and some law enforcement agencies use to describe the above mentioned charge. Impairment isn't a part of the charge, so "Provisional driving while impaired" isn't technically correct. And you don't have to have a provisional license to get it, anyone under 21 with a full license can be charged, so the "provisional" description isn't correct either. It's just bad wording all the way around.

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