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Raleigh man charged with DWI after going airborne, hitting tree

Posted October 8, 2009

— Authorities charged a Raleigh man with DWI and careless and reckless driving after he crashed a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder on Pinecrest Road early Thursday.

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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.


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  • whatusay Oct 8, 2009

    Geico is looking for drivers like this.

  • james27613 Oct 8, 2009

    He can afford insurance to drive, the truck and his bar tab,
    he can't call a taxi ?

  • rjacks20 Oct 8, 2009

    wow, another drunk...what a surprise. how about an update on the two winston salem officers that were shot yesterday. i guess that's not news anymore?

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  • EZeegoing Oct 8, 2009

    Every time I read of a DWI accident I wonder how many drunk drivers have any insurance or can afford the medical expenses they accrue ?

  • sweet4you Oct 8, 2009

    If they let him out he will do it again just a matter of time. Next time he might not be that lucky. STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING.....IT KILLS

  • kikinc Oct 8, 2009

    Jeremiah-my thoughts exactly. Ballerina or not, ANY person who got caught in his path would have made this a very tragic story. All I can think is what an idiot! I'm definitely a true believer in natural selection. Keep drinking and driving. Eventually your free passes run out.

  • Historian-the naked gardener Oct 8, 2009

    Airborne drunk, better notify the FAA for a full investigation ;)

  • skypilot-not Oct 8, 2009

    poor tree

  • familyfour Oct 8, 2009

    At least no one else was involved.

    Sheer irony how they come out of these incidents practically unharmed, and cause so many deaths.