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One killed, two injured in Raleigh I-40 wreck

Posted May 29, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014

Chase Morgan Rodgers

— One person was killed and two people were injured Thursday after a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 East near Wade Avenue that backed up evening rush hour traffic for hours.

Anastasiya Bergeron, 18, of Bunnlevel, was driving a 2001 Toyota sedan when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into woods at about 4:45 p.m., police said.

Chase Morgan Rodgers, 20, of Cary, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, according to a report released by Raleigh police.

Rodgers, a former student at Cary High School, graduated from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., his father told WRAL News. 

Bergeron and 18-year-old Christian Michael Miller, who was in the back seat, were transported to WakeMed with serious injuries, police said.

Bergeron has been charged with provisional DWI in the wreck. She was in fair condition early Friday, and Miller was in good condition.

An investigation of the wreck is ongoing.

Traffic was reduced to one lane after the wreck. All eastbound lanes were reopened at around 8:30 p.m. 


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  • JAT Jun 2, 2014

    the article over the weekend certainly portrayed a different kid. totally different person, all the families should read each kid's FB pages and see what their kids are up to. they even admit to smoking pot the morning of the accident. it's very sad that kids go down that path and think it's cool to post it all online.

  • cruisechik May 30, 2014

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    I spoke about Cary as the town I am familiar with, not that it is the only town where teenagers drink.

    There is a crisis. Believe it or not. It's not the same type of drinking that existed when I was a teenager.

    It's not the fact that teenagers drink, it's the fact the seem much more extreme these days. They binge drink, "day" drink, drink before/after school and drink hard liquor. Check your kid's water bottles for vodka.

    The other problem is the fact kids post pictures of themselves sloppy drunk and/or using drugs on social media. Some tweet about their alcohol/drug use. Parents need to wake up. I can guarantee some of the parents of the kids who are doing this would be very surprised.

    If parents really want to have some fun...google "I'm Schmacked" videos of colleges. Just for fun, watch the ECU video. Then tell me we don't have a societal problem.

  • Kristin Byrne May 30, 2014
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    You must be really naive if you think Cary is the only town that has underage drinking.

  • Suzanne Reichert Cromer May 30, 2014
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    Guess I shouldn't complain too much that my high schoolers don't have much of a social life and prefer to be on the computer. They have both told about the drinking and pot use that goes on at the high school. They are both very anti-smoking anything after watching their grandfather's health deteriorate and him passing on. All of his health issues related to years of smoking.

  • Kelly Birdsall May 30, 2014
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    It's all fun & games until someone gets hurt. That being said, if these kids are remorseful then I do feel bad for them because they will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. I wish young people would wake up & think about the consequences that could occur because of their actions.

  • Ginger Lynn May 30, 2014
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    When we did stupid stuff when we were young at least we didnt take pictures of it!

  • Shane Taylor May 30, 2014
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    Chase Rodgers FB said he was home from college...Must have been celebrating.

  • davidhartman May 30, 2014

    That was a horrific accident. As I drove by, after sitting for almost 2 hours in traffic, I saw EMS personnel moving a zippered black body bag.

    We often forget just how fragile life is.

    RIP and prayers to the families.

  • Pepe Silvia May 30, 2014

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    1) School is out long before 4:45p

    2) If you are under the legal limit to drink and have ANY alcohol in your system it is a DWI, you don't have to be impaired / over a .08

    3) The News & Observer article says that it was issued for something other than alcohol but drug tests are still pending

  • Amy Smathers May 30, 2014
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    I am guessing based off of Christian Miller's FB pictures, the other would be weed.