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Raleigh woman killed in head-on collision

Posted April 27, 2011

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— A Raleigh woman died Tuesday in a head-on collision on New Hope Church Road, police said Wednesday.

Onyemma Ndokwu, 49, of Hardimont Road, was westbound on New Hope Church Road at about 3:30 p.m. when her 2005 Nissan crossed the center line near Bonneville Court and collided with a 1993 Plymouth van driven by Carlos Hernandez Joya, police said.

Ndokwu was killed, and three passengers in the van – Carlos Hernandez Romero, Oliver Funes Machado and Yeseaia Funes – were taken to WakeMed for treatment. Their conditions were unknown Wednesday.

Joya, 38, of 3987 Green Road in Raleigh, was cited for not having a driver's license, police said.


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  • Rebelyell Apr 28, 2011

    I see drivers over the line CONSTANTLY now. They have no fear of being ticketed--it's a plague on these curvy NC roads. Especially on the tight corners, some drivers just take up the middle of the road. If you look far ahead, like you are supposed to, you see them heading back to their own side of the road. Cops hide and give speeding tickets--why not hide and ticket the road hogs? You read of more head-on wrecks every week in NC.

  • godnessgracious2 Apr 27, 2011

    How often do we get distracted and go over a line, fortunatly with noone there to hit?

    Remind me not to get in a car with you, because I never do this.

  • misterprecedent Apr 27, 2011

    Just FYI, a newspaper or website has NO obligation to print anything you say. This forum is provided primarily as a service to lure more visitors/readers to the site. "Freedom of Speech" is of no consequence here. The First Amendment references rights protected from violation by the GOVERNMENT. Private companies are allowed to limit what you can say, especially on their own sites.

    If the driver of the van did not cause the accident, manslaughter would not be an appropriate charge, whether or not he had a license.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Apr 27, 2011

    even if she crossed line, other driver should not have been there, it's his fault!

  • DukeFan23 Apr 27, 2011

    You people that think Joya should be charged are absolutely out of your mind. He didn't have a license? So what? Driving without a license is an infraction. Based on the current information, Joya is the victim and the deceased is at fault.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Apr 27, 2011

    oooh the censors are at it. I didn't say anything worse than anyone else on here and it didn't get printed. I don't get how they pick and choose. So much for freedom of speech.

  • Fireflies Rock Apr 27, 2011

    Very unfortunate this woman crossed the center line causing her own accidental death. How often do we get distracted and go over a line, fortunatly with noone there to hit? Prayers for her family; it could have been anyone.

  • jbarron4950 Apr 27, 2011

    I don't think you can say that. The woman (a licensed driver) crossed the center line. She could have hit anyone on the road, whether they had a license or not.....nickoli

    True, but if the driver of the van, with no license, hadn't been on the road this wouldn't have happened to him. If he hadn't been at that particular spot on road, maybe no one else would have been either.

  • godnessgracious2 Apr 27, 2011

    this wasn't manslaughter it was a suicide.

  • working for deadbeats Apr 27, 2011

    I hate these 45 or 55mph two lane roads. It's a suicide mission everytime you drive on one. Passing each other within inches and if you collide it's like running into a brick wall at 100mph.