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Stand-up comedian killed in Durham DWI crash

Posted February 17, 2013
Updated February 18, 2013

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— Durham police charged a High Point man with driving while impaired in a two-car crash early Sunday that killed a stand-up comedian who had been performing in the area.

Investigators said Raul Herrera, 31, swerved into the back of a Nissan Maxima around 3:40 a.m. on Interstate 40 East near N.C. Highway 54. The impact sent both cars off the road, where they overturned.

The driver of the Maxima, Brian Edward Kiley, 38, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kiley had been in North Carolina performing with another comedian in both Holly Springs on Feb. 15 and Newton in Catawba County Saturday night. At the time of the wreck, he was on his way to Raleigh-Durham International Airport to catch a flight back to Tennessee.

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Kiley's friend, J.J. Brent, said the performances were supposed to have been his last for a while. Kiley had married in October and had shifted his focus toward his wife and young stepdaughter.

"The last thing he did on this earth was make people happy," Brent said.

Herrera was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He faces one count of driving while impaired, and the crash remains under investigation.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

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  • gordonbabe Feb 21, 11:24 a.m.

    "Remains under investigation" means more severe charges could be pending.

    Then again, what's the point? He'll get out, change his name, get a new license (or simply drive without one) and be back on the road in no time.

  • JDAmbrosio Feb 20, 2:32 p.m.

    We need to make the penalties for driving drunk or on drugs (even rx drugs) as severe as humanely tolerable). Then and only then will we have a chance to stop these senseless deaths. When will people wake the heck up!

  • Granny Feb 19, 1:04 p.m.

    He chose to drink and drive he needs to be put in jail and stay there for a long time!!

  • Terkel Feb 18, 5:41 p.m.

    veyor, the W is for "WHILE". Driving While Intoxicated. DUI is driving under the influence.

  • feistyredhead2001 Feb 18, 5:23 p.m.

    For that man to only be charged with a dwi and not vehicular man slaughter is beyond me... his drinking and driving KILLED SOME ONE! What is wrong with this picture !?

  • miketroll3572 Feb 18, 4:34 p.m.

    why? If he is illegal he is just here to make a better life for himself and his family. Thats what the bleeding hearst tell us

    Yeah, the bleeding heart liberals. They could care less and just want the votes.

  • veyor Feb 18, 3:53 p.m.

    He was charged with dWi, not dUi. The article doesn't say whether he was intoxicated or not.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 18, 3:03 p.m.

    Drinking and driving never mix, when will these certain people learn that. My condolences to the family, friends and fans.

  • beachboater Feb 18, 2:00 p.m.

    It never fails, the one guilty of DUI is never hurt seriously.

    I've always the Lord looks after drunks and fools.

  • jaydosse Feb 18, 1:53 p.m.

    I certainly hope Raul Herrera, 31 is charged with death by motor vehicle based on the final investigation findings. After all the article states " He faces one count of driving while impaired" and "Investigators said Raul Herrera, 31, swerved into the back of a Nissan Maxima".

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