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One killed in Wake County T-bone collision

Posted January 28, 2015

One person was killed Wednesday afternoon after one vehicle collided with another at West Academy Street and Barefoot Road, located south of Fuquay-Varina.
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— One person was killed Wednesday afternoon after a vehicle collided with another at West Academy Street and Barefoot Road, located south of Fuquay-Varina.

The wreck happened after a vehicle traveling on Barefoot Road pulled in front of a vehicle travelling east on West Academy Street, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the first vehicle was killed. The second driver was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.

No charges are expected because the driver believed to be at fault was killed, troopers said.

The names of the drivers were not immediately released.


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  • sinenomine Jan 29, 2015

    Another article on WRAL today touts the greater safety of many newer cars.

    I have no doubt that all other factors (size, weight, etc.) being equal new cars are safer in a crash than older ones. If you doubt this just look up the video online of the crash test between a 1959 Chevy Bel Air and a 2009 Malibu.

    Of course safety once a crash sequence has begun is one thing. Not having a crash in the first place is another.

    Crash avoidance systems on some cars (antilock brakes for instance) are helpful - what is NOT helpful is converting all cars into rolling video games with constant distractions from built-in phones, texting, map functions, voice memos and messaging, and half a dozen other things to take your mind off driving.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the net result by the time you factor in built-in electronic distractions in newer cars is either no increase in safety - or a net decrease.

  • Gene Stoeckley Jan 29, 2015
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    And too many drivers have become complacent when behind the wheel. It should command one's undivided attention. There's a bunch of people on the road who believe they are excellent drivers. I bet if a hidden camera recorded their driving habits for a 48 hour period it would prove them oh so wrong.

  • KniftyKnitter Jan 29, 2015

    No update yet?

    I, too, know this intersection well. DONALDB, a roundabout would in no way work for this intersection. It's a highway (NC 42) and an old country road (Barefoot/Christian Light).

    There was a light at this intersection for awhile while they were replacing the bridge at Piney-Grove, but they took it back out when the road re-opened. I did feel safer driving through there with the traffic light. There have been many accidents at this intersection, and sadly, several fatal ones.

  • Gene Stoeckley Jan 29, 2015
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    That's no surprise. Traffic is getting bad in Fuquay. I had a vehicle run a stop sign in front of me on Purfoy Rd. this morning where I had to apply the brakes hard, then within half a mile a van ran me off the road while doing a u-turn on Old Honeycutt Rd. Sadly, another preventable death.

  • sinenomine Jan 29, 2015

    "Right on red only applies if you stop first and nothing is coming."


    What some people fail to understand is that right turns on red (except where prohibited) are PERMITTED; they are not REQUIRED. School buses and some vehicles carrying hazardous materials, for instance, do not turn right on red but the same rule applies to everyone.

    In other words - if I'm the person in front of you at an intersection where a right turn on red is allowed and I do not turn right because I don't feel safe doing so I'm within my rights - and if you don't like it it's your tough luck. You can honk all you want but I won't do something I don't think is safe.

    This has never happened to me but it did recently happen to a friend and that is why I raise the issue.

  • Donald Beckett Jan 29, 2015
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    Yes, this and most collisions that occur in these types of intersections are preventable. It's called a roundabout. Accidents still occur in roundabouts, but they tend to bye sideswipe type accidents and are thus far less fatal. T-bone collisions and head-on collisions are the worst. Being a former Paramedic, I saw my fair share of death and destruction.

  • Tim Wallace Jan 29, 2015
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    I wonder if a cell phone was in use at the time. I have people pull out in front of me all the time with a phone plugged into their ear.

  • Lightfoot On Wral Jan 29, 2015
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    I know this intersection very well. Speed limit is 55mph in that section, and there is a hill that might could obscure the vision a bit. Even so, if you actually look and pay attention, you can safety get across that intersection with no problem. Victim probably only glanced, or looked once, then looked the other way, then failed to look again before pulling out.

  • Eq Videri Jan 29, 2015
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    Slow down, people. And look carefully before you pull onto another street.

  • hp277 Jan 29, 2015

    Stop signs mean stop. Right on red only applies if you stop first and nothing is coming.

    I see someone ignore these rules every day.