Raleigh man charged with DWI after going airborne, hitting tree
Posted October 8, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — Authorities charged a Raleigh man with DWI and careless and reckless driving after he crashed a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder on Pinecrest Road early Thursday.
Burton Smisson, 33, was driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone when he lost control on a curve, hit a ditch, went airborne about 32 feet and hit a tree, troopers said.
The crash happened around 3:15 a.m., and the vehicle's roof was pretty much cut off, authorities said.
Smisson was in stable condition at WakeMed and was expected to survive, according to troopers.