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Raleigh man indicted in fatal 2013 collision

Posted February 18, 2015

Robert Breeden III

— A Durham County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Raleigh man in the 2013 deaths of two brothers killed in a head-on collision.

Robert Portner Breeden III, 21, of 10900 Cahill Road, was indicted on two counts of felony death by vehicle.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Breeden's 2010 Dodge Ram pickup crossed the center line of N.C. Highway 98 on Dec. 27, 2013, and collided with an Isuzu Rodeo SUV near the Coley Road intersection.

The Isuzu's driver, Jorge Avalar, 43, and his brother, Andreas Avalar, 47, both of Ruby Ridge Drive in Durham, died in the wreck.

A man who called 911 reported that the pickup was driving erratically before the collision, weaving into oncoming traffic.

Troopers said Breeden was high on marijuana at the time – drug paraphernalia in his truck – and prosecutors had to wait for the state crime lab to complete tests on a sample of his blood taken after his arrest before presenting the case to the grand jury.


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