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Man, ejected from overturned car onto Beltline, dies

Posted October 25, 2009 6:44 a.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2009 4:16 p.m. EDT

— A 21-year-old man died in a single-vehicle wreck when he was thrown from the Jones Franklin Road overpass into the median of Interstate 440 early Sunday, Raleigh police said.

The wreck report says that shortly before 3 a.m., Edward James Smith, of Wake Forest, was going north on Jones Franklin at 75 mph when his 2003 Acura sedan began to move erratically from side to side.

The car smacked into the guardrail on the opposite side of the road, then rotated clockwise and struck the concrete face of the bridge over I-440, the report says. That caused the car to overturn.

Smith, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, thrown off the bridge and landed in the median of the interstate below, according to the report. The car stopped upside down in the northbound lanes of Jones Franklin.

Smith was transported to WakeMed but died as a result of his injuries.

The Inner Beltline was closed temporarily while crews cleared the scene.

The speed limit for Jones Franklin is 35 mph.