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Woman killed in Raleigh wreck remembered for helping others

Posted February 1, 2015
Updated February 2, 2015

— A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with an early Sunday morning fatal vehicle wreck in Raleigh.

Keondre Lamont Griffin was travelling north on Jones Sausage Road near Integrity Drive in a 2011 Buick sedan when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2003 Chevrolet SUV with Timothy Keith Cooper, 34, and his wife, Rebie, 30, inside, Raleigh police said.

The impact caused the Coopers' vehicle to leave the roadway to the right, go down an embankment and strike a tree.

The Coopers were transported to WakeMed, where Rebie Cooper later died. Timothy Cooper sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Griffin, who was not injured, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, speeding, and failure to reduce speed.

Prior to the crash, Timothy Cooper picked up his wife from the Tammy Lynn Center, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.

"She was made for that. She was born for that kind of work," said Sarah Crawford, the facility's spokesperson.

Rebie Cooper had finished a double shift, and her husband picked her up just to make sure she got home safe, Crawford said.

"She was here working one minute, and then gone," she said.


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  • Hans Ascending Feb 3, 2015

    Throw the book at him!

  • LetsBeFair Feb 3, 2015

    heaven gained an angel

  • Tammy Rush Feb 3, 2015
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    Would you feel better if his name was Reince? Or Mitt?

  • Brandon White Feb 3, 2015
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    Such a tragic loss of a good person who will be missed. Prayers to the family. Further at 19, our brains are not fully developed. Unfortunately his typical 19 yo clown think is now going to have permanent repercussions.

  • Tim Kelly Feb 3, 2015
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    Dang. People say all the time that "life isn't fair" and this is a clear example of that. Rest In Peace.

  • LocalYokel Feb 3, 2015

    The public safety officials on duty at the time of the wreck should be charged with a misdemeanor for dereliction of duty.

    Killing someone while breaking multiple traffic laws should be a felony charge.

    NC is soft on traffic crime.

  • newssaavy72 Feb 3, 2015

    So sad and tragic. The good ones who make an impact in life are always taken early when the criminals who mean no good stay around to keep causing havoc. Condolences to the Cooper family!

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Feb 3, 2015

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    Beautifully said. Prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of this beautiful young woman.

  • Amy LaFluer Feb 2, 2015
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    he was going over 80 mph according to what the told the husband.

  • Obamacare rides again Feb 2, 2015

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    See the article down at the bottom of the web page. He was probably arguing with his overly complicated infotainment system.