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Driver charged in car's fatal collision with train in Cary

Posted January 9, 2014

A Laurinburg woman was killed on Jan. 2, 2014, when an Amtrak passenger train hit a car at a rail crossing on Maynard Road in Cary, officials said.
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— Police on Thursday charged a Laurinburg man whose girlfriend was killed last week when an Amtrak passenger train hit his car at a Cary rail crossing.

Benny Derrick Dimery, 24, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 2 death of Lauren Webb, 21, also of Laurinburg. The felony charge carries a penalty of 33 to 41 months in prison.

The northbound Amtrak Silver Star hit the passenger side of Dimery's Mitsubishi Galant at the Maynard Road crossing near Old Apex Road.

Witnesses said Dimery drove around the lowered crossing arm before the collision. A crash report from the Cary Police Department said the car went into the center turn lane and passed stopped vehicles before going around the crossing arm.

Dimery was critically injured in the crash, but police said Thursday that he is expected to recover from his injuries.

None of the 291 people aboard the Silver Star, which was heading from Miami to New York, was injured, officials said.

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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 10, 2014

    This is NOT an excuse. But wondering if the two of them were having an argument that caused him to become very agitated and make a foolish move.

  • MeDave Jan 10, 2014

    How can it be involuntary manslaughter when he voluntarily drove around the barricade? Should have been murder.

  • kikinc Jan 10, 2014

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    It may not teach him a lesson, but it shouldn't go unpunished. We all make mistakes, but driving around the arms at a railroad crossing isn't just any mistake. He willingly put him and his passenger at risk, and there are consequences for that. His girlfriend was the one who felt the worst consequence. He should feel the consequences, too.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 10, 2014

    "he VOLUNTARILY went around the arms so in my mind it should be VOLUNTARY manslaughter not involuntary" - scubagirl2


    The voluntary part of manslaughter is the INTENT to kill, but with mitigating circumstances that makes it not murder. Given he didn't intend to kill her, the charge is involuntary. But I understand your feelings.

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 10, 2014

    "the car went into the center turn lane and passed stopped vehicles before going around the crossing arm" - article


    Holy moly! What a total loser! With that kind of driving, I'm willing to bet he's been ignoring traffic laws for a very long time. This time it cost a girl's life. This wasn't just an accident, it was a deliberate and willful disregard for laws and safety. Throw the book at him!

  • this is my Screen Name Jan 9, 2014

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    It may not teach him a lesson, but hopefully it will teach others that it's a stupid, deadly attempt.

  • snowl Jan 9, 2014

    How frightening indeed!....for this woman in the passenger seat to actually see the train coming directly at her! This driver does deserve to be charged and punished for her death.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 9, 2014

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    see my previous comment - he VOLUNTARILY did this, not involuntarily....sorry.

  • carrboroyouth Jan 9, 2014

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    I agree with you. This poor fellow has gotten his punishment already. I hope he and his girlfriend's family can find forgiveness someday.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 9, 2014

    GOOD! Glad to hear he'll be charged, but he VOLUNTARILY went around the arms so in my mind it should be VOLUNTARY manslaughter not involuntary....doesn't matter to me if he didn't mean for her to die, he MEANT to go around the arms......

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