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Police examine black box after fatal wreck

Posted June 10, 2008 5:34 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2008 1:11 a.m. EDT

— Investigators are examining a event-data recorder, or black box, from a Ford Mustang that split in two during a crash off Capital Boulevard early Sunday.

Alton Brothers, 25, of 3034 Taybran Lane in Raleigh, and Jamie Alesia Shepherd, 25, of 8464 S. Creek Road in Willow Spring, died when Brothers lost control of the 2001 Mustang. The vehicle hit a tree near Crabtree Boulevard and broke in half.

A second passenger, Shebreeka Matthews, 24, of 3060 Morgan Mills Court in Raleigh, suffered minor injuries.

Police have recovered the Mustang's black box and were collecting information from it, according to search warrants.

Brothers was driving at least 105 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to a preliminary investigation. Earlier, police said they suspected alcohol might have been involved in the wreck.

Brothers and Shepherd were ejected from the car and landed in a nearby construction pond. Neither was wearing a seat belt.