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Raleigh man dies in crash on Falls of Neuse

Posted June 25, 2013

— A Raleigh man died early Tuesday when he lost control and crashed his car on Falls of Neuse Road.

According to the police report of the wreck, an officer spotted Samuel Joseph Johnson, 23, headed north and speeding on Falls of Neuse near Falls Dam Road at about 2 a.m. When the officer turned to stop him, Johnson accelerated away, reaching 102 mph before he swerved off the road, over-corrected and slammed into a light pole.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Samuel Johnson Raleigh man killed in crash after brief police chase

Johnson, of 8524 Falkirk Ridge Court, was a graduate of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Police said he was alone in the car. They suspected he might have had alcohol or drugs in his system and were waiting on test results late Tuesday.


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  • Wacky_dood Jul 3, 2013

    Running from the police and going 102mph on that part of Falls of Neuse at 2am? Wow.

  • Ozzie Jul 1, 2013

    “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

    Debbiekomlo, thank you for posti ng this. People need to be reminded that we are not the ones to judge others, as in throwing that first stone.....
    This was a young man that lost his life way too early at a really young age., and I am also sure that his family and friends are grieving immensely. There is no need to put the young man down and/or demean his passing by placing insults on his choices. If we all made the correct choices all of our lives, then we could feel free to criticize others. If not, please show respect , sympathy and empathy.

  • komlot122 Jun 28, 2013

    First off the comments on this story absolutely disgusted me. Second off the picture picked by WRAL is ridiculous. The family refused to hand over a picture because his death was still fresh on their mind. So they probably went to his Facebook and found the worst picture possible. There are plenty of pictures that display Sam without a drink propped next to his head. There are pictures that display his friendly, warming smile along with his friends who cared for him deeply. The comments on this page are horrible and people who posted things such as "his greatest legacy will be a kid to learn and live from." That's gross... And "that was a self correcting problem, now his off the road." Are you people that idiotic to the fact that there is a boy dead and his family and hundreds of friends are mourning his loss as we speak. He touched the lives of many, he was a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, and best friend to my brother. Next time you speak realize there is a back ground story

  • debbiekomlo Jun 27, 2013

    I believe in the right of free speech and I think that Sam would also, but those of you that are judging someone you didn't know, making assumptions on unverified comments by the police and posting a picture of Sam holding a drink rather than any of the other pictures posted of and by him is disgusting. Keep your assumptions and hurtful comments to your selves and think about Sams mourning family and friends.

    “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

  • rbpowell71 Jun 27, 2013

    I am just shocked and outraged that all of these people would pass such judgment on this horrible tragedy. Sam's passing has shattered a lot of hearts, his family most of all and for all of you to make such comments is just rude and uncaring. I have know this young man and his family for many years and Sam was a fine young man and he comes from a very good family. Would you want to read such negative comments if you lost a love one so tragically? As for the picture that was posted, I will have you know that the family DID NOT give this picture to WRAL as they decided to take it off of a social network. I think WRAL could have picked a more appropriate picture of Sam so that people didn't have something else to talk about. This is not the first time that such negative comments have been posted about someone or something they know nothing about. RIP Sam, we all love and miss you and our lives will never be the same. Please people, have some respect for Sam's friends and family!

  • Way Right Jun 26, 2013

    Wral has done a fine job reporting this story, stop blaming them for reporting the news as they receive it. The fact is this guy died due to his own actions. Normal law abiding citizens do run from the police....think about it. I hope other people learn from this. Lesson learned it can happen to you, no one is invincible! Condolences to his family!

  • outhousecat Jun 26, 2013

    I'm guessing this young fellow was leaving a bar, judging from the time.

    We always want a reason for tragedies. Like "he shouldn't have been drinking" or "he was driving too fast." It makes us feel better to find out somebody "deserved" it because we haven't done anything wrong so we're safe, right?

    It doesn't work that way. Nobody, including this kid, deserves to die in a stupid accident. It just happens. I hope his family and loved ones can come to grips with this and move on.

    Samuel, RIP. His greatest legacy would be for some other kid to learn from this and live.

  • mgallen2 Jun 26, 2013

    "That pic is perfect....great job WRAL!"

    "this was a self correcting problem, now that he's off the road for good."

    @Obamacare-- My only hope for you is that if you were to lose someone close to you in a tragic accident like this, people will show you more sympathy that what you've displayed behind your keyboard.

    Regardless of the circumstances behind the incident, we're talking about a loss of life that has assuredly left family and friends grieving. How about we show a little more class next time and leave your inane comments to yourself.

  • Obamacare for all Jun 26, 2013

    Glad he didn't kill any innocents.

  • shelbybrown1003 Jun 26, 2013


    anybody who knows him knows how he chose to live his life, yes he was a good person, but didn't make good decisions plus he has prior charges, its what hes known for, tragic either way just glad he did't hurt anyone else while being careless