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Driver charged in fatal accident

Posted September 11, 2008 5:49 a.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2008 4:07 p.m. EDT

— One man died in a wreck early Thursday along Leesville Road, police said.

Police said the vehicle was traveling north on Leesville Road when it left the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and flipped, police said.

Daniel Robert Esmond, 38,  of 4109 Lake Lynn Drive in Raleigh, died in the 2:25 a.m. crash. Esmond was traveling in a vehicle driven by Anthony Joseph Caggiano.

Caggiano, 20, of 11901 Appaloosa Run in Raleigh, was injured in the incident. He has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, provisional driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving.

The wreck caused limited power outages in the area. Progress Energy reported that it had more than 325 customers in Raleigh without power, but service was restored later in the morning.

Crews had to wait until a new utility pole could be brought in before reopening the road. The damaged pole connects to two man feeder lines, so crews couldn't cut it down without shutting off electricity to 8,000 customers and stop lights at several major intersections, authorities said.