One killed, three injured in Dunn crash

Posted July 26, 2012
Updated July 27, 2012

— One person was killed and three others were injured Thursday morning in a crash at the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and N.C. Highway 242 in Dunn.

Troopers say a "Mexico Central Foods" box truck was heading south on Highway 242 about 8:30 a.m. when it failed to stop and collided with a PT Cruiser heading west on Highway 55.

The truck flipped on its side and the car, which was carrying a father and his 13-year-old son, went into a ditch. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers.

Dunn crash memorial Teen killed in Dunn crash

His father was responsive after the crash but had lost consciousness by the time he arrived at WakeMed Hospital, troopers said.

The truck driver, Nelson Ramos, 28, was charged with failure to stop and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He and his passenger were treated and released.

Police identified the boy and his father as 13-year-old Caden Allen and Curtis Allen. Witnesses said Curtis Allen is a deacon in an area church, and his son had recently rededicated his life to Christ.

Two men in the box truck were taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

This is the third fatal crash at the intersection since 2002 and the fourth since 1999, according to the state Department of Transportation. Two wrecks occur at the intersection in an average year, the agency said. DOT engineers are trying to determine whether any changes can be made to make the intersection safer.

Thursday's crash was cleared and the roads reopened shortly after noon.


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  • piene2 Jul 30, 2012

    "I said it before, and I'll say it again since it never got posted. Install a round-a-bout (traffic circle) here. Problem solved.

    Yes, well the rest of the world is doing away with traffic circles and, predictably, backward North Carolina is embracing them.

  • Obamacare Jul 27, 2012

    there is a double blinking red light. i mean was this driver blind or what? -jeffwiz14

    No, but he was probably stoned.

  • pbpjrp22 Jul 26, 2012

    Thank you, Bruce Mildwurf for knowing how newsworthy it was that this young man had rededicated his life to Christ and thank you WRAL for printing that.

  • jeffwiz14 Jul 26, 2012

    misdemeanor death?
    i have been south to this intersection enough and recently. there are two stop ahead signs and two stop signs at the intersection.
    and if thats not enough, there is a double blinking red light.
    i mean was this driver blind or what?
    unless this truck has faulty equipment, this driver should be charged with more. at the very leat, he should lose driving privileges permantly.

  • Obamacare Jul 26, 2012

    I said it before, and I'll say it again since it never got posted. Install a round-a-bout (traffic circle) here. Problem solved.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Jul 26, 2012

    How anout a light, and lower the speed limit?

  • oldreb1965 Jul 26, 2012

    Let me try again now and see if WRAL blocks my comment this time.

    My prayers go up to JESUS for this young boy.
    May our lord JESUS be with his family.

  • eddiecooke Jul 26, 2012

    way to go wral, spring it on the family before they are prepared.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jul 26, 2012

    Lamborghini Mercy, the crash video between the 1959 Chevy and the 2009 Chevy is, as you say, irrelevant. It's not meant to be. All it is meant to illustrate is the tremendous improvement in safety which has occurred in cars over the years.

    It's STILL completely irrelevant to this situation. With all the factors involved in a accident, no two are alike. No car is completely safe at all angles, and for all we know had that 1959 bel air been two inches to the left it could shattered that 2009 chevy into pieces.

  • gboro_gal Jul 26, 2012

    If the police did not release the names, then I think WRAL should have with held this information until it had been officially released. Give the family some privacy and back off.