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Raleigh car crash throws 2 into pond, killing both

Posted June 8, 2008
Updated June 9, 2008

— Two people died early Sunday when a car traveling at least 105 mph on Capital Boulevard crashed, flinging their bodies into a nearby construction pond, police said.

Alton Lee Brothers, 25, of 3034 Taybran Lane in Raleigh, was driving at least 105 mph in a 45-mph zone at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of a Ford Mustang near the intersection of Crabtree Boulevard. The vehicle struck a tree and broke in half, throwing Brothers and and a back-seat passenger into the pond.

The front half of the car came to rest partly in the pond, while the back half remained next to the tree, police said.

Brothers and Jamie Alesia Shepherd, 25, of 8464 S. Creek Road in Willow Spring, died after they were transported to WakeMed. Neither was wearing a seat belt, police said.

A third person, Shebreeka Matthews, 24, of 3060 Morgan Mills Court in Raleigh, was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police said they suspected alcohol played a part in the crash.

Southbound lanes of Capital Boulevard were closed for a couple hours after the wreck.


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  • jadshadun33 Jun 9, 2008

    It wasn't right for him to be going that fast...but why does the bad things need to be brought up? Thank God he didn't hit anyone but he and another are gone. Let's just remember the better times and not dwell on this!!!

  • firedad2003 Jun 9, 2008

    No kidding! If they had hit a family going that fast... Well, it would have been tragic.

  • twc Jun 9, 2008

    One passenger had dwi charges pending. The surviving passenger has about 8 charges pending, including dwi, awdw government official, etc.

    Fortunately, other innocent people were not injured.