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Wrong-way driver causes Raleigh crash

Posted July 25, 2012

— A wrong-way driver hit a van carrying children on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh Wednesday evening, police said.

No one was seriously injured. Charges are expected, but have not yet been filed.

Police say the wrong-way driver hit the van, causing it to go off the road and down an embankment. 

There was speculation that the wrong-way driver fled the scene, but police later realized the driver went down the embankment to help the children.


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  • FE Jul 26, 2012

    Reminds me of a recent event when I was completely within my marked turn lane and nearly had a head-on collision caused by a driver coming toward me (outside of her single lane).

    To add insult to (near) injury, she blew the horn and gave me a "one-finger salute." Go figure...

    Sadly, many people have NO understanding of lane markings/arrows/etc. Add to that those who feel the "rules don't apply to them" and then routinely park in handicapped slots, fire lanes, and the like.

    The knowledge, or lack thereof, of the English language is often a contributing issue.

    And then there are those cell phones and texting...


  • kcrawford27513 Jul 26, 2012

    These people should not be given driving licenses, for driving is a privilege and not a right!

  • Gay Aiken Jul 26, 2012

    hummm... the last two 'wrong way drivers" on 440 were very proficient in English so I guess that would make your statement WRONG!

    They were drunk, so I doubt they were reading or speaking very proficient English.

  • WooHoo2You Jul 26, 2012

    No, I am not a racist. Just want legal people with legal driver's license on the road!-HLSCH

    Well the first thing you bring up in an auto accident story is RACE when the author makes no mention of it….

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 26, 2012

    We need better driver education - stop cutting this budget and spreading out the license renewals.

    Require the written test every time you renew. Restrict those who get moving violations. We need to be stricter about licensing and we need to educate better!

    This is the second driver in two weeks who drove the wrong way. If they're not drunk, these drivers are:

    1- Clearly confused about how to use ramps and roads

    2- Don't know where to look for road signs (E.g. "Wrong Way")


    3- Don't know that imbedded road reflectors (between lanes) show white, when you're traveling in the correct direction and red, when you're traveling in the wrong direction. Heck, did YOU know that?

  • promethazine codeine lover Jul 26, 2012

    May god be with you HLSCH

  • promethazine codeine lover Jul 26, 2012

    @HLSCH Where are you getting your information..? I don't see anything about Who it was, what race they were, and if they were legal to drive or not... You can't just assume things, that's not going to get you anywhere. Very ignorant for you to say that this person was 'not a drunk driver' but rather a person who can't speak English.

    So please show me the article that says this person was an illegal immigrant, with no valid drivers licenses, who doesn't speak English.

  • deactivate Jul 26, 2012

    No, I am not a racist. Just want legal people with legal driver's license on the road!

  • RNmomX4 Jul 26, 2012

    Wkelley, I can only hope it was the same person! I hate to think there were TWO people out there somehow driving against traffic! Thank goodness you and your family are safe!!! I agree with the poster who asked how in the world someone could manage to go the wrong way on Capital! How would they not notice?

    Thank goodness the driver was a good enough person to run to help the kids and not run away. I'll give him credit for that at least. Thank goodness the kids are okay. They must be terrified. That is traumatizing to anyone, especially children.

  • exposure102 Jul 26, 2012

    "solly93 - Any idea where on capital this occurred?"

    I was coming home on Capital after the accident. It occured between Downtown and I-440, headed northbound where Capital splits off into two separate roads for a short distance. Driver must have thought the two lanes were traditional and not both northbound, as the car was headed southbound.