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Father killed, son injured in wreck outside school

Posted November 3, 2010

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— A 46-year-old man was killed and his 10-year-old son was injured in a single-vehicle wreck in front of a north Raleigh elementary school Wednesday morning, police said.

Luca Melloni, of Durham, died in the wreck outside Jeffreys Grove Elementary School shortly after 8 a.m., police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. His son, Gianluca Melloni, was in fair condition at WakeMed.

The wreck report states that their 2004 Mitsubishi SUV veered off the right side of Jeffreys Grove School Road and struck a "no parking" sign. The SUV then swerved back onto the road, but went off the left side, struck a tree along a driveway to the school and caught on fire.

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The cause of the wreck remains under investigation, but police have ruled out alcohol or drugs as a factor.

The SUV was going 35 mph and did not slow before impact, according to the report. The speed limit there is 25 mph.

Parents and school buses were dropping their children off at school at the time of the wreck, police said.

"There will be counselors and psychologists available should students have seen the situation and have questions," said Karen Hamilton, director of School Counseling Services for the Wake County school system. "That also includes staff because it is a fairly traumatic event."

Jeffreys Grove Elementary Principal Lisa Cruz said that the school is lending its support to the Melloni family.

"This is a very traumatic event for a family, and we want to make sure (that) as their school family, we provide as much support to them as possible," Hamilton said.

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  • axemaster Nov 11, 2010

    Update the story please! Surely you've dug some more info by now?

  • maryzee123 Nov 5, 2010

    The reporter erroneously listed the speed limit story. The speed limit is 35 I believe. The accident happened around 8 am, the speed limit does not go down to 25 until 8:45, so the driver was going the exact speed limit when the car hit the tree (as reported on WRAL tv). I will not comment on what I think of the people who made speculations this posting, but I can tell you that drugs, alcohol, texting, and sleep deprivation were not a factor in the cause of the accident. The boy will be physicially fine, but keep him and his family in your thoughts.

  • grab-a-gift.com Nov 4, 2010

    this is very sad. our prayers go out to the family.this is a strange accident 35mph ?stay strong Gianluca its hard losing a parent my family will be praying for you and yours.God Bless

  • axemaster Nov 4, 2010

    Amanda, how about an update to the story? As you can see we have lots of questions about this odd accident.

  • jesgeist Nov 4, 2010

    I am saddened by this event. Two of my children attend this school, and my husband dropped our kids off seconds after the accident. This hits very close to home, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the child, his family, and our school community. God Bless You!

  • sabol100 Nov 4, 2010

    Wondering why my posts from yesterday are not being allowed? I said nothing rude. I didn't attack anyone. I just voiced my opinion as everyone else on here has. This is like the 4th time my comments have not shown. If this post makes it...I say God bless America. We are in dire need of help. Kind thoughts and prayers (yes, prayers) being sent up to the Heavens to God (yes, my God) for the family.

  • monika2025 Nov 3, 2010

    It seems like a massive heart attack!!! from my point of view. All I know is that my son is very close friend to the kid and have been very shocking for my son after he have witness the accident. R.I.P and God listen to everybody's prayers for G.M

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 3, 2010

    People really need to get a grip with the fact that stuff said here on Golo is for us, not for the victim. Saying something here to give the victim hope for the future won't help the victim. The victim won't see it.

    That's not a 100% guarantee ...family members could very well at some point come across the WRAL news forums and take comfort knowing that others are supporting them in prayer and thought.

  • Rebelyell Nov 3, 2010

    I agree 100% with this statement.
    People really need to get a grip with the fact that stuff said here on Golo is for us, not for the victim. Saying something here to give the victim hope for the future won't help the victim. The victim won't see it. Stop trying to dictate the conversation here. People will say what they need to say.

  • shortcake53 Nov 3, 2010

    What a tragic accident. My heart goes out to the little boy and his family.

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