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Alcohol, speed factors in fatal Raleigh wreck

Posted March 20, 2013

— Raleigh police say alcohol and extreme speed were factors in a wreck late Tuesday that killed two men.

According to a police report, Lawrence George Bloomer, 43, of Raleigh, was driving his 2006 Acura on Nowell Road when he rounded a curve and lost control of the car near Sandwell Lane. The tires struck the curb and the car left the roadway, traveling 362 feet before hitting a tree.

The car was going about 95 mph when it left the roadway, police said. The posted speed limit is 35 mph.

Bloomer, along with his passenger, Kody Russell Bressman, 25, of Cary, died. Bressman, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car.

Lekeshia Pretty, who lives near the accident scene, said she heard a big boom and rushed outside to help.

But it was too late.

"There was nothing you could do," she said Wednesday. "It was just bad."

Those who know Bloomer said the two worked in sales at a data storage company called Nimble Storage in Durham and had been at a Carolina Hurricanes game at PNC Arena and a restaurant before the crash.

Bloomer was married with a young daughter and was expecting twins.

Bressman moved to Cary from Nevada in January.


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  • Ladder1 Mar 21, 2013

    Actually, my friend said it was Mr. Bloomer that bought him a round...sad.

  • btneast Mar 21, 2013

    Please keep in mind that family members are reading these as well.

    Family members shouldn't be reading an open blog on the news story about the deaths of a loved one. What they would see is the same thing they would hear if they were standing around the company water cooler discussing the days events, or overhear at any table conversation at any restaurant in town.

  • Ladder1 Mar 21, 2013

    I love how people blame the Police. How about blaming the individual who chose to drink and drive?

    They were at Backyard Bistro right before leaving. I know this because the younger guy bought my buddy a beer right before they left.

  • Ven Mar 21, 2013

    It's sad. Sometimes in life you make horrible decisions but get the opportunity to learn from them, hopefully not making the same choices or taking same risks. Other times, you pay for it with your life, another's life, and one’s family lives. I wish Mr. Bloomer had a second chance, but he doesn't. So maybe we all can learn from this, regardless what choice/decision it is.

  • catwoman2 Mar 21, 2013

    As I tried to get out here yesterday, I am surpised this does not happen more frequently. In our neighborhood, which is right across from the fairgrounds, hockey fans cut through to avoid sitting in traffic. These people have little regard that this is a neighborhood and that people actually walk their dogs at night. They do not stop at the stop signs at all, and they travel anywhere from 45 - 65 through the neighborhood. The speed limit is 25mph. While walking our dog, we have had two very near misses. We would welcome the Raleigh police to sit quietly in our neighborhood and observe the violations committed after each hockey game. They would certainly get their quota of speeding tickets and several DWI arrests.

  • TeresaBee Mar 21, 2013

    I am too angry at Bloomer for drinking and speeding recklessly while having a wife, child and twins on the way to feel sorry for him. My heart does ache for the passenger and to both families.

  • luv2funrun Mar 21, 2013

    Irresponsible behavior for a 45 year old. And a dad at that.

  • R_U_Nuts Mar 21, 2013

    Legalize cannabis and give people a safer choice then alcohol that is guaranteed to continue the carnage day after day. Might not change all situations, but it will save lives. Don't think so? Just keep enjoying reading about the tragedies that occur all the time.

  • lisa4 Mar 21, 2013

    I agree with you whats happening and I also agree with your comment prauccio!!
    Prayers for the families and the loved ones left behind.

  • jjsmith1973 Mar 20, 2013

    Also maybe if this state tried to bring in some more events that don't involve drinking it may help. All the people I know in their 30's if they aren't suburbenites the only thing for them to do on the weekends, heck the week days is drink to socialize. This state is great at making sure you can get it whenever and where ever you want. Unless you want to go check out the latest Ms. NC beauty pagent disply at the Muesum. What a big draw