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Fatal car crash into Raleigh home was one of many

Posted October 11, 2015
Updated October 12, 2015

— A man was killed early Sunday after a car hit a home near North New Hope Road and Fawn Glen Drive in Raleigh, police said.

The wreck happened at about 12:30 a.m when Yoni Jose Bonilla-Turcios, 22, was driving north on New Hope Road and lost control of his 1996 Honda sedan. According to police, the car left the road, struck a brick pillar that was part of a subdivision entrance sign, and then hit 4101 Fawn Glen Drive.

"I heard the accident, got up, looked out. It shook my house," said neighbor Greg Hunter.

Bonilla-Turcios was taken to WakeMed where he later died.

Sunday's incident is not the first of its kind to happen at the home.

"First, it happened on May 13, 2007. Mother's Day weekend," said homeowner Carlo Bernarte.

Three people died when a vehicle struck Bernarte's home in 2007. The home was struck by other vehicles in 2008, 2013, and 2014.

"I'm tired of it, I really am," said Hunter. "I know the city can do better than that."

The city installed reflectors on the New Hope Road curve leading up to the homes. Bernarte has installed hurricane-proof windows to protect his family from accident debris, and he is pushing the city to do something more to solve the problem.

If Bernarte had his way, a guardrail on the road would extend to his home.

In an email sent to Bernarte in January, the city pointed out that the crashes are a result of blatant disregard for the traffic laws and extending the guardrail is not feasible because of existing engineering rules and safety concerns.

"They say they can not engineer out drunk driving," said Bernarte.

Bernarte has already emailed the city again about the latest accident and is now waiting to se what will happen next. City officials could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.


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  • Ari Romain Oct 12, 2015
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    Sarcoi dosis,
    You want to attribute every accident in the area to racing? Rigght! Cant be wet roads or ice or posdible drunk drivers or mechanical failur Its always going to be racing. Rumble strips before the corner? They have those its the bad road before the curve. If theres been alot of accidents. Possibly could be the road itself. Walmarts going opposite side of your neighborhood. Obviously all you want to do is nag. Sorry you cant stand people w modified cars that have exhaust n you can hear it from your house. Probally should learn north n south first n general directions first. New hope is east west. Walmarts not even in your neighbourhood, its across the street. Some people just want to complain. Oh no poor you. How about the family of the guy that died your heartless selfish individual

  • Aaron Whaley Oct 12, 2015
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    Road and the curve have been there a long time. It is the idjits that are racing down the road causing the problems. Not the city of Raleigh or the developer or the homeowner. They can lower the speed limit, put in guardrails or whatever they want, but you can't fix stupid.

  • John McCray Oct 12, 2015
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    So, based on the comments here, the problem isn't the curve or the street, but street racing, an illegal activity.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Oct 12, 2015
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    Once Wal-mart opens it's grocery store, smack in the middle of our residential neighborhood, traffic will only get worse.
    It may be time to reduce the speed limit on New Hope Rd to 35MPH. At least the area between Buffalo and Louisburg Rd. It's not uncommon to hear people racing in the Northbound lanes.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Oct 12, 2015
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    Assuming they had insurance. I was under the impression that the 3 that died a few years back were here illegally.

  • Lynn Wilhelm Oct 12, 2015
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    I agree with those that say the city should buy this family's home. It's ridiculous this has happened so many times. The city approved the design on the neighborhood and it's turned out this one house isn't safe at all.
    Buy the house, so the family can move, tear it down, help the neighborhood redesign and move the entrance sign back then plant the rest of the lot heavily so that future idiotic drivers may have a softer place to land (if they don't hit the sign).
    Rumble strips and a "dangerous curve" sign may help as well.

  • Charlie Templeton Oct 12, 2015
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    It should not be the homeowners insurance covering this. The driver was at fault so it should fall on his.

  • Jennie Sawyer Oct 11, 2015
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    My family use to live in front of a road and the same thing happened to us. We had to put huge round polls in our yard that way a car would hit them instead of our house. It worked they kept the cars from hitting our house

  • John Malcholm Oct 11, 2015
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    Once someone in Bernarte's family is hurt or killed, YOU PEOPLE living in Raleigh will may for the massive litigation damages from the city's irresponsibility. The city has been warned OVER and OVER, and yes, OVER again. The city council personnel will not pay the punitive damages, not the DMV director - YOU will pay.
    (If true) I find it hilarious the city says extending the guard rail would violate "NCDOT engineering rules". Seriously, give me a break.

  • Dorinda Hayes Oct 11, 2015
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    I would move