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Police examine black box after fatal wreck

Posted June 10, 2008
Updated June 11, 2008

— Investigators are examining a event-data recorder, or black box, from a Ford Mustang that split in two during a crash off Capital Boulevard early Sunday.

Alton Brothers, 25, of 3034 Taybran Lane in Raleigh, and Jamie Alesia Shepherd, 25, of 8464 S. Creek Road in Willow Spring, died when Brothers lost control of the 2001 Mustang. The vehicle hit a tree near Crabtree Boulevard and broke in half.

A second passenger, Shebreeka Matthews, 24, of 3060 Morgan Mills Court in Raleigh, suffered minor injuries.

Police have recovered the Mustang's black box and were collecting information from it, according to search warrants.

Brothers was driving at least 105 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to a preliminary investigation. Earlier, police said they suspected alcohol might have been involved in the wreck.

Brothers and Shepherd were ejected from the car and landed in a nearby construction pond. Neither was wearing a seat belt.


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  • jadshadun33 Jun 11, 2008

    If anyone new about racing they would know that you can't race with anyone else in the car let alone the back seat!!! It's sad he and another lost their lives. That's enough damage they have families and children going through this now. No more bashing!!

  • WWJGD Jun 10, 2008

    He was definitely street racing. Just take a look at his myspace.

  • Sunkist Jun 10, 2008

    I'm not understanding what more do they need to know about this wreck.....going 105mph in a 45mph zone, and NO SEAT BELTS and I think I heard on Monday that it was drinking involved, so what's more you need to know. They just made a bad foolish decision that cost there lives.

  • NHFD 4030 Jun 10, 2008

    Wow, I don't know what to say about the whole reference to "the black box". Its hard to find hilarity in the subject of death, but leave it to the news to bring it.

  • smitty Jun 10, 2008

    Car was going 105, what else do they need to know?

  • oneday8035 Jun 10, 2008

    Two words...drag racing. A friend of my son's has been talking about drag racing on Capital late at night for a few years now.

  • Capital Punishment Stops Crime Jun 10, 2008

    Usually the black box in a car records only the last 30 seconds before a crash, and 5-10 seconds after a crash. Most record speed, acceleration, G forces, braking, and other information that would tell someone familiar with those numbers exactly what the car was doing just before and just after a crash. Insurance companies have been using them to help determine fault for some time.

  • wanderer Jun 10, 2008

    Yeah, been in most cars for a while now.

  • raglangr Jun 10, 2008

    Cars have black boxes now!?