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Teen dies from injuries in Raleigh wreck

Posted January 27, 2009
Updated May 21, 2009

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— A 16-year-old boy who was injured Thursday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on Tryon Road died Monday, police said.

The wreck occurred near Withers Road when Joseph Gerald Hart lost control of a Honda and hit a delivery truck head-on. Hart died at WakeMed.

The driver of the delivery truck, Ahmed Latif Adbul-Quyyum, 25, was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

Part of Tryon Road was closed for a time due to the wreck.


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  • anneonymousone Jan 27, 2009

    Sam Abrams, your thoughtfulness and maturity speak well for you, for your family, for Jerry, and for his family. Your proposed plan of action is a loving tribute.

    There's a really good book that is designed for teens who have lost someone close (and it's not in the least bit condescending)entitled _When a Friend Dies_ by Marilyn Gootman. She understands that grieving is so big that we can only get through it in small bits.

    My best thoughts are with you, Jerry's family and other friends, as well as Mr. Adbul-Quyyum and his family and friends.

  • squirrelsunlimited Jan 27, 2009

    Prayers sent for all involved. What a terrible tragedy.

  • stevenw00 Jan 27, 2009

    My condolenses to the family and friends! I truly feel sorry for you.

    However, people need to just slow down! Regardless of the speed limit, if you can't make a curve at that speed, then slow down. If this is the curve I am certain that it is, there is a sign posting a recommended speed for it, telling you that it is there. If Jerry has driven this road before (which obviously he has based on the last post), he knew it was a tight corner, and still was going too fast, or got off the road, or SOMETHING that made him lose control. If he blew a tire, that is one thing, but if it was a driver error, there is no reason for that. We all make mistakes, so I am not throwing the kid under the bus, I'm just saying... people need to slow down a be more cautious. (those who know me will know that I am NOT talking about driving like old men/women, just knowing what you're doing and knowing your limits)

  • twc Jan 27, 2009

    I have to agree that that curve needs straightening. It's just a matter of time before another fatality occurs there. Life-changing accidents don't get the publicity that a fatal accident does, so I wonder how many serious accidents have occurred there.

    It needs to be fixed!

  • sbabrams10 Jan 27, 2009

    Jerry was a very close friend of mine, and he drove me around that bend one day not long before his wreck. It is a terrible curve and anyone could have lost control. In response to jbirdnc, the police reported that he wasn't speeding or doing anything wrong. And for sunshine4u, his family is staying strong, but it is obviously a very tough time for them. I stayed with them a lot in the ICU waiting room and I was there when Jerry died. They really appreciated all of Jerry's friends that came to see him and keep them company. I can't even imagine how tough it is for his parents, Jerry being their only child. Jerry was a wonderful kid, a great friend, and a kindhearted guy. We all love him and miss him.

    I plan on taking some sort of action to straighten that curve and make it more safe for everyone else. I would greatly appreciate any support.

    - Sam Abrams

  • dsdaughtry Jan 27, 2009

    I too express my thoughts to the Hart family.

    This section of road is a hazard any given day. Too many large trucks use this road daily and with the mix of college students, residential homes, short-cut to I-40 and golf course just continue to build problems as city planners have done very little over the past 40+ years to remedy the problem. I would like to see this area turn into a traffic calming area very soon. Should have been done 15 years ago.

  • Sunshine4u Jan 27, 2009

    That curve has been the exact same curve for 30+ years. I too have run into people crossing the line and flying through there.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • shellbelle Jan 27, 2009

    My thoughts are with all involved.

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  • jbirdnc Jan 27, 2009

    This curve has been dangerous for years. When I make the turn almost daily, there is always someone speeding or worst, speeding and crossing the center line in this curve. Many times it's work trucks or oversized ones, and if this happens and someone isn't paying attention, it can be deadly, as in this case. Sad story about the kid. I do wonder if he was flying through there like so many do?