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One dead, three hurt in Tryon Road crash

Posted June 29, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014

— Police said a woman died and three others were hurt in a two-car crash early Sunday on Tryon Road near South Saunders Street in Raleigh.

The crash happened about 2 a.m. near Junction Boulevard.

Police say Christopher Scott Thompson, 20, of Raleigh, was driving a 2013 Subaru when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2008 Suzuki driven by Brittany Ann Phelps, 25.

Phelps was pronounced dead at the scene. Thompson and his two passengers – Emily Ann Cates, 21, and Patricia Yvonne Bartley, 21, both of Fuquay-Varina – were taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thompson was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving left of center. Speed was a factor in the crash, police said.


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  • PowderedToastMan Jun 30, 2014

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    Can't have a cop on every corner 24x7 now can we... it's not the road that's the problem-- it's the drivers

  • dsdaughtry Jun 30, 2014

    Yes, this is a tragedy.

    However, the posted speed limit is 35 MPH yet many on this road exceed that speed far above it. Police are rarely seen to enforce any speed violators.

    Accidents at this particular intersection are high which both Garner and Raleigh police must scramble to determine which side the accident is on in order to respond. The traffic patterns are NOT safe.

    Again, it is a sad tragedy. But more sad is that the city of Raleigh is doing very little to remedy the problems of Tryon Road.

  • Rodney Hill Jun 30, 2014
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    This is a tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones.

    Sadly, this is not the first fatality accident at this intersection. Traveling through this intersection a few times a week, I've seen multiple injury accidents here as well.

    After the last fatality accident the City/State (not sure which) "improved" the intersection by changing the turn lanes. I use the "improved" because it actually made the intersection *more* dangerous. Now Southbound drivers can't tell whether Northbound drivers are turning left or going straight unless they use their turn signal (which not everyone does).

    Perhaps it will take a family member suing the City/State to get them to take this intersection seriously.

  • Deb Rodgers Jun 30, 2014
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    My thoughts are w/ the family that lost their child.

  • LocalYokel Jun 30, 2014

    Join me in demanding the money back that we pay for public safety.

    We pay a lot for public safety but we're not getting it. Our transportation system isn't even safe. People are dying on our roads from bad drivers and where does all our money go?