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Report: Driver had 3 beers, Xanax before Raleigh wreck

Posted August 25, 2016

Authorities said that two vehicles collided on Southall Road after 9 p.m.

— A driver in a Wednesday night crash that sent seven people to the hospital told police that he had taken Xanax and drank three beers prior to the wreck.

According to a wreck report, a car driven by Bryce David Burns, 18, was driving south in the northbound lane on Southall Road toward a pick-up truck driven by Marlen Uriostegui at about 9 p.m.. Witnesses at the scene told police that Burns’ car swerved in and out of its lane about 10 times before striking Uriostegui’s vehicle head-on, the report said.

Seven people, including five children ranging in age from 4 to 12, were taken to WakeMed.

In a 911 call, a woman can be heard telling a dispatcher that the driver of the Jeep, later identified as Burns, was slumped over and “really bleeding.” The caller said he was attempting to get out of the vehicle, despite being told to stay in place until paramedics arrived, and seemed confused.

Burns, of 3600 Willow Bluff Drive, has been charged with driving while impaired, failure to maintain a lane and failure to reduce speed.

Police estimate both vehicles were traveling at about 40 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Uriostegui, 30 of 5701 Foxhall Village Road, was charged with driving with an expired registration and four counts of not having children properly restrained.


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  • John Ragan Aug 26, 2016
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  • Chad Overton Aug 26, 2016
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    Glad no one was killed. Does anyone else think it is really petty that someone with their family in the car gets hit head on by a drunk and then they get charged with an expired registration?

  • Catherine Edwards Aug 26, 2016
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    Where's the underage drinking charge against Mr. Burns?

    And the pick-up truck had the kids. Were any in the bed of the truck? There are not enough seats/seat belts for 7 people in the cab. Those car seats are bulky. Sounds like none of the younger kids were in car seats. I hope they at least had seat belts on.

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 26, 2016
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    Let's not forget that the driver was WAY underage for alcohol, to begin with. Even if the Xanax was his (yeah, right), he isn't old enough to buy/consume alcohol. It's so sad. Two different drivers making bad decisions. Prayers for the families

  • Stephanie Barefoot Aug 26, 2016
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    Ok I understand the story but why post this guy's address. That's not part of the story and looks to me like wral is just trying to make another news story is people go to his home and try to do something. I thought wral was better than this but as of lately I'm truly disgusted with some of the reports from wral.

  • John Ragan Aug 26, 2016
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    Where do you get that stat from. Please do share

  • Kenneth Jones Aug 25, 2016
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    I imagine about 50% of drivers in Wake County are taking Xanax or something similar on a daily basis. What bothers me about this story is, apparently no one hit their brakes? Seriously? Did they want this collision to happen? Just hope the kids are ok.....

  • Aiden Audric Aug 25, 2016
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    So many less expensive options - Uber, cabs... glad no one was killed. Especially the kids that weren't properly secured in the car - they don't know better.