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Police looking for second vehicle in fatal wreck

Posted June 23, 2009
Updated July 9, 2009

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— Police asked drivers in Cary Tuesday for help in locating a beige van that might have contributed to a fatal wreck.

Melissa K. Birdsong, 28, and her 3-year-old son, Alexander Birdsong, were injured in a wreck Monday at the intersection of Green Level to Durham Road and Cary Glen Boulevard. Melissa Birdsong’s stepdaughter, 16-year-old Kailee Nicole Birdsong, died, police said.

There is evidence at the scene of the wreck that suggests Melissa Birdsong swerved to avoid hitting something, Lt. Randall Rhyne said.

Police set up a checkpoint Tuesday at the location of the wreck and asked drivers about anything they might have seen. They described the vehicle they are looking for as a beige van or large SUV with a box-shaped rear. The vehicle likely has black paint or a scrape on the front, left bumper, police said.

Anyone with information about the wreck is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012.

While authorities investigated, Robbie Birdsong pleaded with the driver of the other vehicle to come forward.

“Somebody died here yesterday,” he said. “It’s probably more serious than he (the other driver) thinks. I would just appreciate it if he came forward and tried to explain how he ended up in that intersection.”

Police said they do not believe Melissa Birdsong or Kailee Birdsong was wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck. Alexander was in a child restraint seat in the back seat, police said.

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All three of the Birdsongs were taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham after the wreck. Melissa Birdsong was recovering on Tuesday after undergoing surgery. Alexander sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Robbie Birdsong described his daughter as a typical teenager. “She was extremely aggravating,” he said, “but I want it all back right now.”

Robbie Birdsong said the decision to donate Kailee’s organs was easy. “It’s just the kind of person she was. She would have helped you,” he said.

Kailee’s selflessness may have been a family trait. Her uncle, Jerry Avant Jr., was killed March 29 during a shooting rampage at Pinelake Health and Rehab in Carthage. The 39-year-old nurse was shot more than two dozen times while trying to shield others from a gunman.

Drivers have asked for traffic light at intersection

Robbie Birdsong said the intersection where the wreck occurred has limited sight-distance making it especially dangerous. He, and other drivers, hope a stop light will be placed there.

Motorists say intersection is dangerous Motorists say intersection is dangerous

Another wreck happened at the intersection as a WRAL cameraman was filming video Tuesday afternoon.

"Now that's what I am talking about,” driver Andre Sanders said after watching the collision. “Now they need to do something about this intersection. Somebody is going to die out here again.”

Tim Bailey, Cary's engineering director, said the intersection does not qualify for a light.

"We've done studies at locations like this in the past and to date, it has never met criteria for installing a traffic signal at this location,”  Bailey said.

A location must have a high traffic volume or at least five wrecks in a 12 month period to warrant a light, Bailey said. The wreck that claimed Kailee Birdsong’s life was the second at Green Level to Durham Road and Cary Glen Boulevard in a year. The wreck between a Mustang and SUV on Tuesday was the third.

"It’s just a shame that we had to have an accident yesterday (Monday) and another accident today, before they will take any action,” driver Adrian Olivo said.

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  • Skywatch_NC Jun 25, 2009

    I completely agree with you! I'm glad someone on here has their head straight!

    Nice to know that someone "always" has the perfect response.

  • xclgx12 Jun 25, 2009

    Voice of reason 23 : I completely agree with you!
    I'm glad someone on here has their head straight!

  • xclgx12 Jun 25, 2009

    PEOPLE THAT DO NOT KNOW THIS FAMILY SHOULD NOT BE JUDGING THIS FAMILY . Kailee was raised in a very good christian home.
    SHE IS REJOICING WITH HER GOD AND SINGING WITH ALL THE ANGELS ABOVE. SHE IS DOING BETTER THEN ANYONE HERE ON EARTH!

  • xclgx12 Jun 25, 2009

    People shouldn't be saying things about this family, as "Her mom was only 13 yrs old." No, that was her STEP MOM. Kailee's birth mama is a very good lady and people should stop saying what this one should do and that one should do. Kailee's birth mama just lost her brother and now her daughter and don't need people suggesting things. God has a purpose in everything and we know with all our hearts Kailee's is resting in the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ that she lived for. This wreck was caused by another person, not her step mom, if anyone gets a fine, the person that cause Melissa Birdsong to wreck should be the one. I hope this person is caught and justice is served. The Birdsong family and Greene Family is always going to be in our prayers that God would comfort them during this time of tradegy.
    God bless.

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 25, 2009

    You must be one of those intolerant conservatives, who don't tolerate people different from yourself.

    I will always defend positives like prayer and God. :-)

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 25, 2009

    Skywatch, heroin is known to make people feel “good” and “comforted” too. Would you approve of people posting comments encouraging its use during this time?...since it comforts people.

    No, it’s just as useless and harmful as turning off your brain and groveling to an invisible sky daddy.

    It's obvious you have to stoop to insults, hereandnow, to make yourself feel better.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 25, 2009

    batcave, thanks for repeating my post.

    The point is that humans working to fix a problem will get something done, while prayer will do nothing but opiate the masses. As the eloquent Colonel Robert Ingersoll used to say, "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray."

    So, let's get to it and fix the problem at this intersection. And wear your seat belt. :-)

  • batcave Jun 24, 2009

    No, it’s just as useless and harmful as turning off your brain and groveling to an invisible sky daddy.

    You must be one of those intolerant conservatives, who don't tolerate people different from yourself.

  • DeaconBlues Jun 24, 2009

    "But look at the railroad crossing at Chatham/Hillsborough and Bashford. Several men getting killed after getting struck by a train at that unmarked crossing. It took a mother and child to get struck and killed there to get the (basically illegal) crossing closed."

    It took many, many people getting killed at that crossing for them to die at that crossing. My grandparents owned that property on the corner at Bashford & Hillsbourough. My father saw many people hit/killed at that crossing growing up in the 60's & 70's. My best friend and I were an eye witness to that lady and her two kids getting hit and killed in that van in the late 90's. The image of those 2 kids laying there will forever be in my mind. Anyway, it takes alot of complaining and people getting hurt and killed for the state to do anything as far as putting a stoplight up or closing a dangerous intersection. It's an uphill battle.

  • MellowMelnJC Jun 24, 2009

    LOL@ what roads Lyle takes

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