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Two killed, three injured in hit-and-run wreck in east Raleigh

Posted November 1, 2014

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— Two people were killed and two others were injured early Saturday in a hit-and-run wreck at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road in Raleigh, police said.

Emergency officials responded to the intersection at about 12:30 a.m.

According to a wreck report released Saturday afternoon, Jacob John Wootsick, 28, of Louisburg, was driving a 1998 Honda sedan east on New Bern Avenue when he tried to turn left onto Trawick Road.

A dark-colored 2002-06 Chevrolet Avalanche traveling west on New Bern Avenue ran a red light at Trawick Road and struck Wootsick's Honda on the right side.

Passengers Brittany Williams, 24, of Fuquay-Varina, and Naomi Mercury, 18, of Wake Forest, died as a result of injuries sustained in the wreck.

"They were both just beautiful women, great people," said Wootsick. "Anyone who knew them could tell you that. It is just a sad situation and, you know, it is unexplainable."

Williams worked at the Bahama Breeze Island Grille for four year. She was described by her manager as caring and well liked.

"She was caring, she helped others," said Christopher Banton. "She was someone I could count on when I got into a spot. Everyone really loved her and we are really going to be thinking about her family during this time."

Nathan Lee Norris and Tyrone Marquis Daniels, both of Raleigh, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Wootsick was not hurt.

The Avalanche, which police said is possibly black with a grey front bumper, left the scene.

An investigation of the wreck is ongoing. Anyone with information that could assist Raleigh police should call 919-834-4357.

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