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Raleigh high school student killed in wreck

Posted May 5, 2009
Updated May 6, 2009

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— An 18-year-old senior from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School was killed Tuesday in a wreck on Sunnybrook Road at Interstate 440 in Raleigh.

One killed, five injured in wreck One killed, five injured in wreck

Emergency personnel from Raleigh, Garner and Wake County responded to the crash at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

A 1996 Honda Accord driven by Chadius Watson, 18, was traveling south on Sunnybrook Road near the I-40 overpass when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and it collided head-on with a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country, Sughrue said.

The Chrysler was driven by Susan Mann, 44. The Honda was carrying four passengers: Kevin Jones, 18, Jonathan Jerel Smith, 18, Louis Owen Walker Jr., 17, Jabari Dickson, 19.

Jones was pronounced dead on the scene. The other occupants of both vehicles were transported by ambulance to WakeMed for treatment of injuries.

Watson, Walker Jr., and Mann were listed in good condition; Dickson was listed in critical condition. Smith was treated and released from the hospital.

Everyone except Mann was a student at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road. However, Mann is a school nurse, according to a Southeast Raleigh Magnet High official.

Traffic through the area was congested for about three hours as police investigated the wreck.

The investigation of the wreck is ongoing, and charges have not been filed at this time, Sughrue said.


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  • familyfour May 6, 2009

    My condolensces to the family.

    I don't think this has anything to do with race. There's plenty of wrenching news that happens around here all the time that never seems to make the news (and should), and many goloers are from right here where I am....

  • adw2 May 6, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the accident victims.

  • Nope May 6, 2009

    "It's a shame that this story still isn't one of the top stories, I am thinking like one of the other posters, if this had been in N. Raleigh somewhere, this story would still be news."

    Very wrong - there was an accident on leesville road yesterday afternoon, and I heard that a leesville high student may have been killed. It is nowhere to be found in the news.

  • patriot4liberty May 6, 2009

    My daughter also attends SRHS and was upset yesterday, even though she only marginally knows the children involved. It is such a tragedy when we lose one of our children - and these children are "our" children because the whole community is grieving for them.

    For anyone who thinks that there are racial components to the reporting on this story, please consider that Southeast is a magnet school and kids from all over the county attend that school. It's a stellar school and my daughter is getting a great education there.

    I feel awful for the school nurse as well, who will live with this memory for the rest of her life. When we are sworn to protect these kids, and when we serve them every day, the last thing we want is to become a factor, even accidentally, in anything that may harm them.

    I pray for all families involved - not just those injured, but those of friends, girlfriends, students and acquaintances. It takes a village to raise a child - and today that village is in mour

  • EnoughzEnough May 6, 2009

    I think it's simply disgusting how some people are trying to pull racial issues into such a sad story! Grow up people - this story is still in the news!

  • purplelady May 6, 2009

    It's a shame that this story still isn't one of the top stories, I am thinking like one of the other posters, if this had been in N. Raleigh somewhere, this story would still be news. I am praying for the students and their families.

  • bronzegoddess40 May 6, 2009

    I am praying for the families of all that involved. It is such a tragedy. I know when I was in high school (many moons ago)we lost two students prior to graduation in auto accidents and a few afterwards. It is always sad. For comment about the nurse driving students, the nurse was not driving any students.

  • dontbringdownthemonk May 6, 2009

    Glad to hear he is holding on and my prayers are with everyone involved, their family and friends.

  • smcneil402 May 6, 2009

    I am please to announce that Jabari Dixon is alive and still holding on! Please continue to pray for all involved. My nephew was a passenger in this accident and it is really taking a toll on him and our family! Even in the mist of the tragedy, God is still good!!

  • bigmamaqueentee May 6, 2009

    My prayers go out to the families of the students and to the family of the nurse as well.....It is sad that we do not know more about this story....I feel that if they had "blonde hair and blue eyes" it would would be the highlight story of the day......