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Driver charged in wreck that killed Raleigh student

Posted July 1, 2009

— The driver of a car involved in a wreck that killed a Raleigh high school student in May has been charged in connection with his death.

Chadius Dominick Watson, 18, of 3115 Guiding Light Road, was charged Wednesday with one count each of death by motor vehicle, a seatbelt violation and operating a vehicle with improper equipment, which police said was excessively worn tires.

Raleigh police said Watson was driving the car on May 5 when Kevin Lanier Jones, 18, of 3709 Kings Road Lane in Wendell, was killed. Four other people, including Watson, were injured.

According to the wreck report, Watson was driving south on Sunnybrook Road when his car crossed the center line, and struck another vehicle, driven by Susan Mann. She was also injured.

Jones, as well as Watson and the three other people in his car, was a senior at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. Mann, 44, of 2004 Boxholm Circle, is a nurse at the school.


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  • Chole Jul 1, 2009

    This is sad, Just keep the families in your prayers.

  • SweetB Jul 1, 2009

    ...stallworth was drunk...

  • wf307 Jul 1, 2009

    The punishment rarely fits the crime in such cases. Consider the case in the link below. This driver also had bald tires, was driving far in excess of safe speed, killed a man, his wife and son who were driving carefully in the rain to Wilson for Christmas. The driver's punishment was light, and his wreckless driving was more or less excused:


  • SweetB Jul 1, 2009

    Stallworth KILLED with his car...Cleveland Browns player...and got AWAY with it!!!

    Tragedy here. One life (Kevin) taken in an instant. One more life (Chadius) ruined... One way he recieving punishment is that he will live with what happened forever! The whole story is awful, pray for these families.

  • LocalYokel Jul 1, 2009

    bad drivers cause a LOT of damage. Will we learn from them or just keep repeating their mistakes?

  • happymom Jul 1, 2009

    This is just so sad. My prayers go out to everyone involved. From the story, this was an accident. No set out to hurt anyone else, and I would imagine that all those involved are left with a great deal of pain. Special prayers for Kevin's family.

  • Eduardo1 Jul 1, 2009

    rhoda_penmark........where is the race-baiting in this story? The only Photo that I see, is a young man that was "murdered". Nothing in the news story mentions anything about race

  • Eduardo1 Jul 1, 2009

    What justice do you want for Ms Mann? She was driving her car in the proper lane when the other car came across the divider! Who is Stallworth? I do not see that name in the news story.

  • twc Jul 1, 2009

    He will have minor legal punishment compared to having to live with his conscience. Community service at most.

    Something good that could come out of this is safety inspections of some sort conducted on school campuses with notifications being placed on windshields.

  • jlh4jdj Jul 1, 2009

    Funny that he will face more charges than Stallworth did.