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One killed in Apex wreck

Posted July 7, 2011
Updated July 8, 2011

— An Apex man died in a single-vehicle wreck on Olive Chapel Road in Apex Thursday evening, police said.

Police have yet to determine the cause of the crash, which claimed the life of Thomas Smith, 24, of Apex, shortly before 8:30 p.m.

Olive Chapel Road was closed between Chapel Ridge and Kelly roads for at least four hours after the wreck.


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  • jrj6950 Jul 12, 2011

    @Stan. I know you and Aaron had your differences, but when he told me that you guys had become close you could tell that it meant a lot to him. Thanks for your kind words Stan, I know Aaron would appreciate them.

  • DaveTonyNC Jul 12, 2011

    I was this man next door neighbor. I do not know the actual circumstances as many here seem to know. Of my next door and friend, I knew him only for less than a year, I can say this; He was a kind and gentle man. I am not able to judge his actions, nor can I know the last moments of his life that ill-fated Thursday @ 8:30pm. I do know that his Savior was there to receive him without judgment into eternal life. I know this from the many conversations we had. To his mother, his father and many connected to him, I know this is a hard time for you. May Gods promise of peace permeate your lives this this loss and adjustment without your son.

    Dr. Stanley

  • faithandwes Jul 11, 2011

    Also, for those of you that are only sending thoughts and prayers, God bless you. Thank you so much for having an open and compassionate heart. Prayers have definately been felt through these very tough days. Still tough days to come, but they will get better with time. Christmas will never be the same. His birthday woulda been Sept. 4th, and we usually celebrated it with my son's birthday, which is on the 17th. My son is taking this very hard, as they were very tight. Lives are definately changed forever. This is my first close to me death, and it is extremely difficult. I know more will pass, and it will never get easier. But, as sure as we're born, we will surely die. Just praying that more and more come to know the One and only true God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. You can't get to God without going through the Son. I appreciate all the prayers, thoughts, and sincere compassion. God bless you all. And for those of you that are not saved, I will be praying for you. God bless.

  • faithandwes Jul 11, 2011

    I am his Sister.This is not the time to be debating,condemning, or judging.It is what it is.I have no doubt that he was speeding,to clear that up.No, it wasn't right.But is now really the time to comment these things?Our lives have an emptiness in them now.Our hearts shattered. He was a VERY loved,loving,and lovable Brother, friend,son,nephew,etc.Please keep your judgments to yourselves.They don't cchange a thing.Please keep your opinions to yourself.There are many hurting terribly,and irreconsiably right now.My best friend has been battling you all for our sake.I don't want anyone to have to be attacked,or
    to attack verbally.It's just nonsense.I love her for what she's done,but she shouldn't have had to.What will your opinion change about that now?Try to find compassion within yourself. Try to humble your emotions,if only for a day.Or simply, just keep those thoughts to yourself,instead of inflicting more pain.For those praying,we thank you!!Now,must bury my Brother.God bless you ALL

  • jrj6950 Jul 8, 2011

    He was one of my best friends, and he lived a quarter mile down OC from where he wrecked that car. He was fully aware of the new traffic pattern, but was going way too fast to react to it. RIP Aaron, you will be dearly missed.

  • mark23456 Jul 8, 2011

    I agree that a balance of respect and reality are needed here. I live across the street from the accident site and was one of the first on the scene. I just want to say that the road had nothing to do with the accident other than the driver had probably not driven that part of Olive Chapel since the change and could not react fast enough at the excessive speed he was traveling at. I hate that this happened and that someone so young lost their life but at the same time my kids travel this road on their bikes as many children, bikers and other pedestrians do. It's a blessing that nobody else was injured.

    God bless his family and friends that are dealing with this sudden lose.

  • buford Jul 8, 2011

    My son has his learner's permit and I took him driving a few nights ago. We went down Olive Chapel. I was a little nervous. He was doing just under the speed limit and I worried about the cars coming towards us, in the dark and going fast. If you go faster than the 45mph speed limit, it's a rough road. Lots of curves and hills. No one should be speeding on this road. I too feel for this family and for their loss, but people need to slow down..thank goodness no one else was injured or killed.

  • godisgreat247 Jul 8, 2011

    You can't assume reckless driving when you weren't in the car!
    If it was your family member you wouldn't be talking smack, that's ok be cold all you want...everyone meets their maker

  • buford Jul 8, 2011

    Buford...there are NO safe roads. Stay home! - Sez Me


  • boingc Jul 8, 2011

    RB -

    This isn't a condolence board for the family, it's a news site. Many posters were talking about the traffic pattern here, and wupac let everyone know that was not the cause of the accident. Just because someone's family member has died doesn't mean we should all stick our heads in the sand instead of learning from his mistakes.

    wupac - thanks for telling us what caused the wreck -- reckless driving.