Alcohol, speed factors in fatal Raleigh wreck
Posted March 20, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.