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Raleigh police: Speed, alcohol suspected in teen's fatal crash

Posted June 29, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014

Raleigh police say they suspect a teenager was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed a 2008 BMW late Saturday, June 28, 2014.

— Raleigh police say they suspect a teenager was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed a 2008 BMW late Saturday.

Johnathon Gregory Taylor, 18, of Raleigh, died at the scene. The crash happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Hunting Ridge Road near Tanbark Drive.

Police say Taylor was alone in the car when he went around a curve, ran off the road to the left, struck a storm water drain and then a tree.

Taylor was a 2014 graduate of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, where a private gathering for family and classmates was planned for Monday evening.


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  • 678devilish Jun 30, 2014

    My heart goes out to the family and many friends. But I wonder why don't these friends and everyone learn from these kinds of tragedies? He was only 18 and already drinking. Surely the parents and friends had to know. I know, you talked to him but he would not listen. Then comes the consequences. Young people, teenagers please listen to your parents or adults in your life. They all cannot be wrong. Don't cut your life so short because you want to be "GROWN." As you age up, you will be there before you know it. You can be grown without drinking alcohol.

  • Yourekiddingme Jun 30, 2014

    My heart goes out to this family. I have shared this article with my 18 year old son, in the hopes your son did not die in vain. It is every parent's nightmare. Peace be with you.

  • curiousgeorgia Jun 30, 2014

    How dreadfully sad.

  • Raleighmomof3 Jun 30, 2014

    I would rather lay the ground work for a ride home than to lay my child in the ground.

    Well said NUTS4U.

  • Lee Irvin Jun 30, 2014
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    It's very sad. My prayers go out to the family.

    There's too may people that make poor choices while driving and it doesn't become a "problem" to them until they cause an accident, or they lose someone they love to this.

    The problem is apathy. We drink one too many while we're out, get home fine, Positive reinforcement. We text someone while driving, everything is fine. Positive reinforcement.

    The problem comes in with that one time you get in a situation and you can't handle it because you're drunk, or you ar too distracted.

    The real problem is it's not a problem until it happens to you, and no one will change until then. Unfortunately.

  • Deb Rodgers Jun 30, 2014
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    I told my 22yo daughter and now my 19yo son the same thing. Number 1, don't drink and drive. If you do drink, call me, I'll come and get you....or if the driver's been drinking, I'll come and get you. I know that kids drink, I just don't want one of mine dead by a drunk driver...whether it's them or someone else.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jun 30, 2014

    Underage drinking and driving is an age old problem that's never going to stop.
    Education, morals and family values are the key.

  • Sherrill Craig Jun 30, 2014
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    if you drink and drive---it's not an accident.

  • allenmga Jun 30, 2014

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    Yokel blindly blames LEOs for the mistakes of others. It's no secret...just read any other post by this individual. Laughable, really.

  • John Ragan Jun 30, 2014
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    I'm referring to the dram shop laws in this state that aren't being enforced. Who is selling or providing alcohol to impaired drivers. That should be a major part of any DWI unit out there is to stop the service of alcohol in restaurants,bars..etc. to intoxicated individuals. Arresting a drunk is after the fact stopping him from driving is being proactive. Enforcing dram shop laws already in place is being proactive.

    Having lost a loved one to a drunk driver I've done more than you ever will.