Raleigh Man Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charges In Weekend Accident
Posted November 3, 2003 4:01 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — A man accused of causing a crash that killed six people in Raleigh Saturday night prepares to face a judge Monday.
Larry Robert Veeder, 32, of Raleigh, is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter and DWI as the result of a Saturday's accident. He is in the Wake County jail under a $100,000 bond.
According to investigators, a green 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Baron Fulk was traveling south on Nowell Road around around 8:45 p.m. and ran the stop sign at Nowell and N.C. 54. A 2003 silver Chevrolet Blazer, driven by Martha P. West, was traveling west on N.C. 54 and collided with Fulk's Blazer. After several people stopped to aid the injured, a white Ford van operated by Veeder was traveling east on N.C. 54, struck Fulk's Blazer and several pedestrians at the collision scene.
Five people were killed at the scene as a result of the second collision. One died while en route to WakeMed.
According to the state Highway Patrol, the fatalities have been identified as:
West, 40, of Marble, N.C., and Fulk , 20, of Asheville, were injured in the collisions.
Victim Christopher Clemons, heard the wreck from his nearby home. His family said he jumped on his bike and went to the crash site to see if he could help.
"He left his house, got on his bike, and went up the street to help people and in this whole thing, he loses his life," niece Shauna Clemons said. "It's hard for me to come to grips. I talked to him just the other day," she said. "To know that at 9 p.m. Saturday, or whenever he passed, that that was the last time I got to speak to my uncle."
The accident is hard for much of the community, too. Many people, like Mary Eason, stopped at the site of the crash Sunday to pay their respects.
"I just wanted to come by, review the area, and [think about] the people who lost their lives," she said.
Police said traffic from the North Carolina State-Virginia football game at nearby Carter-Finley Stadium may have contributed to the accident.
The Raleigh Police Department, the Highway Patrol, the Wake County Sheriff's Office and Western Wake Fire Department were all called to the scene.