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Driver Apologizes for Fatal Christmas Day Crash

Posted January 2, 2007 9:59 a.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2007 9:28 p.m. EST

— It happened in a split second that he said he does not even remember, but a Raleigh man says the deadly crash he caused on Christmas Day is something he will never forget.

Billy Ray Bullock Jr. is a man with a heavy heart. He was behind the wheel of his sport utility vehicle when he lost control of it on Highway 64 near Wendell.

Authorities said Bullock crossed the median and ran into a car driven by Charles Burger. The accident killed Burger's wife and son and left him in critical condition.

Bullock suffered minor bumps and bruises. He said the only thing he remembers is delivering gifts to family members on Christmas Day.

"I went to my sister-in-law's house to drop off a gift for my niece. Then, I started back to Raleigh and the next thing I know, I'm at WakeMed, waking up at WakeMed," he said.

Bullock said the public apology that he faxed to WRAL was his way of reaching out to the Burger family.

"Being the way the accident happened, I felt I should, at least, say something to Mr. Burger and his family," he said.

Bullock said the accident is an experience he will have to live with the rest of his life. He said his hope and prayer is that Burger will, one day, forgive him.

"I don't know what happened and I want to find out what might have happened to cause me to black out," Bullock said.

No charges have been filed in this case. Burger remains in critical condition at WakeMed.

His family declined to comment on Bullock's apology.