Passenger killed when car slams into guardrail in downtown Raleigh
Posted November 11, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — A 21-year-old man was killed early Friday when the car he was riding in went out of control and slammed into a guardrail in downtown Raleigh, police said.
Dominick Antoine Downing, 24, of Cary, was southbound on South Dawson Street at about 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his a 2008 Honda sedan as it crossed the intersection of South Dawson and Cabarrus streets, police said. The car slid sideways, striking a curb and then a guardrail, which penetrated the passenger area of the vehicle.
Kaylen Lamaar Downing, 21, of Raleigh, who was in the front passenger seat, was thrown from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dominick Downing received life-threatening injuries and was transported to WakeMed, police said.
Investigators said the car was traveling at about 70 mph when it went out of control. The speed limit on South Dawson Street is 35 mph.
No charges have been filed in the crash, which remains under investigation.
South Dawson Street was closed Friday morning, but officials reopened the road around 8:45 a.m.