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Driver identified in fatal Raleigh crash

Posted July 31, 2015
Updated August 1, 2015

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— The driver of an SUV was killed Friday evening in a crash at the intersection of Ray and Laurel Mountain roads, Raleigh police said.

The crash happened about 5:20 p.m. when a Jeep driven by Donald Ray Akin, 68, stopped at the intersection then crossed into the path of a tractor-trailer hauling heavy equipment.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Tony Lamont McDonald, 35, tried to avoid the collision by braking and steering to the left, but the crash sent both vehicles off the roadway, police said.

Akin was pronounced dead at the scene. McDonald was not hurt. No charges are expected to be filed, police said.

Neighbors told WRAL the intersection is known for vehicle crashes.

"It was really a sad thing," said Sal Mungal.

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  • Pat Everett Aug 2, 2015
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    I believe that WRAL did imply that the driver of the Jeep was at fault. They said he "stopped at the intersection then crossed into the path of a tractor-trailer hauling heavy equipment." Unfortunately, he must have stopped, but failed to look left/right/left. Very sad...

  • Derril Salter Aug 1, 2015
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    Trucking or construction companies often can carry oversize loads with a special permit.

  • Doug Moseley Aug 1, 2015
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    There are restrictions in several areas. The sign that limit gross vehicle weight, number of axles and such are basically for big rigs. We pay little attention to them in our cars because they never apply to us.

    The problems come from the drivers more than road conditions. No one is willing to drive the speed limit, slow down or speed up to allow others to merge and do U-Turns in dangerous spots just so they won't have to drive one more block and turn around on a side street.

    The study of traffic behaviors shold be used to guide law enforcement as to where they should camp out. Trying to fix stupid by way of turn lanes, traffic lights and speed bumps is not going to fix bad driver behavior.

  • Derril Salter Aug 1, 2015
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    If they build houses...they have to have equipment. Regardless where it's located.

  • Kevin DeBruhl Aug 1, 2015
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    you know what Doug... I agree with you! So, are there legal restrictions on 18-wheelers on certain road sizes?

    Wondering if the new turn lane onto Howard is allowing traffic to proceed without slowing down the hill.

    Saw two cars pull out of Laurel Mtn Road this morning into traffic. Perhaps we need to look at the safety of that area/intersection.

    Lesson learned about speaking before facts present. Other news sources trumped WRAL on this one.

  • Doug Moseley Aug 1, 2015
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    If you read the article on WNCN they provide more detail saying that the owner of the jeep, RIP, was the cause of the accident.

    Yes, Ray Rd is narrow but there's also construction on it where heavy equipment is needed. Your suggestion that a legally operated 18 wheeler should be prohibited in certain areas like this fails to address the poor driving decision by the other driver who, based on another news report, was at fault.

  • Kevin DeBruhl Jul 31, 2015
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    Can I be the first to question the suitability of an 18-wheeler on Ray Road? Where was it heading? We're talking two-lane road with no shoulder. This accident happened on a hill and curve to boot.

    Prayers and sympathies to the families involved.