1 Killed, 2 Injured in Accident Near Apex High School

Posted June 6, 2007
Updated June 7, 2007

— One person was killed and two others injured Wednesday morning in an accident near Apex High School.

Salud Avellaneda-Marin, 41, of Asheboro, and her two sons were traveling in a Ford Expedition westbound on U.S. 64 at about 10:30 a.m. when a pickup truck, turning onto U.S. 64 from Knollwood Drive, pulled out in front of them, investigators said.

The SUV went through the median and rolled 30 to 40 yards, flipping several times.

None of the five passengers in the truck, which was driven by Arturo Arguijo, 16, was injured.

Avellaneda-Marin and her sons were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where she died. Her son, Eduardo Ballesteros-Avellaneda, 20, and an infant were listed in stable condition Wednesday afternoon.

Apex police said they believed Arguijo is a student at Apex High School, but were still trying to determine that. He could face charges, but that will be determined by Wake County prosecutors, police said.

The other four passengers in the truck were students, investigators said.

Eastbound U.S. 64 between Laura Duncan and Lake Pine roads was closed for several hours while crews worked to clear the scene.


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  • emtp2k Jun 6, 2007

    most of the problems in the area around laura duncan and 64 are due to driver or pedestrian error. Everyone is in such a hurry that they can't take ten more seconds to wait for the other car to clear the light before they turn, when the light turns yellow that means gun it for most drivers. It's sad but the fact remains the state and local governments could build any type of road they wanted and motor vehicle crashes are still going to happen. People have so many things going on today and the use of cell phones, eating in cars and I have even seen people reading books and newspapers while trying to drive. In regards to SUVs when we realize that bigger isn't always better then we will start to purchase safer cars. SUVs are ok in a straight line but when they need to do evasive maneuvers they are very unstable. The car builders build what we buy. As long as we buy them the auto makers will build them.

  • dougdeep Jun 6, 2007

    I can't produce a history, but I have seen several. Most recently, there was a three car wreck about two weeks ago.

    During rush hour you'll find a few cars waiting for left turns, and a few more cars waiting to cut across. I'm actually surprised DOT hasn't decided to put up a light. They have a history of redundant lights 100 yards apart.

  • ladybug467 Jun 6, 2007

    Now that everyone is clear this wasn't at the highschool area. Glad everyone got to vent over senior parking and crossing the street. The real issue is that people are not "stoping behind the line" They are pulling out too far into traffic, sometimes even before they look and this one got hit. It is going on everywhere, people in too much of a hurry, eveyone needs to slow down and think. My best wishes for all these people today.

  • patriotsrevenge Jun 6, 2007


    I turn there every day, what's the problem? I've never seen a wreck there.

  • Minerva Jun 6, 2007

    Not from Here wrote: "Well would it not be nice if the only trauma center wasn't 45 minutes away on the other side of the county. Don't the more than 200,000 people in Western Wake county warrant good medical care too?"

    Not from Here: before you start feeling that you and the other 199,999 people in Western Wake county are getting the shaft by not warranting good medical care you might want to consider something: In North Carolina, there are 6 (yes, SIX) level 1 trauma centers, including Wake Med. Of the 6 level 1 trauma centers in NC, three (yes, that is THREE) are located in the triangle (Duke, UNC and WakeMed), within a 30-mile radius of Apex. I think most people would consider themselves pretty darn lucky to have a level 1 trauma center less than 40 minutes away - not to mention three of them!!!

  • apexncer Jun 6, 2007

    The teenage driver of the pickup was faulted for having the nose of truck in 64 (coming out of Knollwood). The truck was just clipped on the front left and none of the 5 in the truck were hurt at all.

  • apexncer Jun 6, 2007

    Apparently the woman driving the SUV was not wearing her seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle and has died as a result. That is the real message. Her husband and child (in a car seat) are OK.

  • Skepticghoul Jun 6, 2007

    Not From NC, your posts always crack me up. I think it's genius you are doing a parody of the "typical clueless American" who expects the entire world to be like the last place they lived. Great satire!

  • ladyblue Jun 6, 2007

    This accident sounds horrible. What I want to know is why so many suv's turn over and roll. Hasn't there been talk of them before. Why do people keep driving them if they're so top heavy.

  • mvnull Jun 6, 2007

    I notice that nearly every picture with a wrecked SUV has it on its side or upside down. Even if you don't think about the cost of a tank of gas, think of how easily they turn over.