Woman killed in crash on US 70 Business in Garner

Posted August 17, 2015

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— One woman died Monday morning in a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 70 Business in Garner, police said.

An eastbound box truck hit a disabled Honda Accord sitting in the highway from behind, killing the Accord's driver, Lenae Mary Rebecca Dew of Raleigh, police said.

The truck then crossed the median into the westbound lanes, hitting a Toyota RAV 4 and a Honda Pilot, police said.

The driver of the RAV 4, Lisa Michelle Kohl of Clayton, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Pilot, Dorothy Smith Best of Pikeville, and her passenger, Ann Mewborn Smith of Goldsboro, suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital, police said.

The driver of the box truck, Eric Adams of Raleigh, wasn't injured.

U.S. 70 Business was blocked off between Interstate 40 and Greenfield Parkway for several hours while Garner police and the State Highway Patrol investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage from the highway.

The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.


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  • K Hope Capps Aug 18, 2015
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    My condolences to her family and thoughts for speedy recovery for those injured.

    And I agree, the vehicle images should not have been shown. You can alert the public to this traffic issue without showing these images.

  • Sean Creasy Aug 18, 2015
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    Being a former traveler of this portion of highway every day for my commute to and from work before I moved, this wreck doesn't surprise me. People are constantly speeding through this section of road to "beat the light" at Auburn-Knightdale Rd. and jockeying to get ahead of everyone else for the ramp to I-40. My condolences to the family...

  • Charles Boyer Aug 17, 2015
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    I agree with Joe Welch. Imagine turning on your television and seeing your parent's or your child's mangled car with talk about a traffic fatality...all before you heard from the Highway Patrol.

    Naturally, the press will talk about the public's need and right to know, and that's true, but all in due time.

  • Joe Welch Aug 17, 2015
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    Prayers to all involved. WRAL, once again you broadcast images of a horrific accident before next of kin can be notified. I truly don't understand at what point ratings became more important than common decency.