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Mother, Son Die in Christmas Day Wreck

Posted December 26, 2006 1:41 p.m. EST
Updated December 26, 2006 6:46 p.m. EST

— A mother and son were killed Monday while on their way to visit family for Christmas, authorities said.

Charles Burger Jr., Barbara Burger and their son Ivan Burger were driving from Hillsborough to Wilson for the holiday and were eastbound on Wendell Boulevard near the U.S. High 64 and U.S. Business 64 split Monday afternoon when they were involved in a head-on collision, authorities said.

A westbound 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Billy Ray Bullock Jr. , 35, of Raleigh, spun out of control, crossed the median and collided with the 1998 Chevrolet passenger van driven by Charles Burger, authorities said.

Ivan Burger, 20, and Barbara Burger, 57, were killed in the wreck. Charles Burger, a well-known landscape architect in Orange County, was taken to WakeMed, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Bullock was treated at WakeMed and released on Monday.

Ivan Burger wasn't wearing a seatbelt, but both of his parents were, authorities said.

No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.

Other members of the Burger family declined to discuss the accident Tuesday.