Accident near Garner kills one, injures three

kjahner@newsobserver.comJuly 3, 2014 

— A head-on crash on the sharp curve of Tryon Road near the northwestern Garner town limits left one dead and three injured early the morning of Sunday, June 29.

Raleigh police believe speed – but not alcohol – played a factor in the 2 a.m. collision, according to Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. The surviving driver was charged for crossing the center line.

Brittany Ann Phelps, 25, of Raleigh was declared dead at the scene. Her 2008 Suzuki sedan, heading east, was struck by a westbound Subaru sedan with three occupants.

All of the Subaru’s occupants were hospitalized, but have since been treated and released.

The driver of the second car, Raleigh resident Christopher Scott Thompson, 20, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and crossing the center line by citation as he recovered from his injuries. Thompson was discharged from the hospital Tuesday.

Two Fuquay-Varina residents, Emily Ann Cates, 21, and Patricia Yvonne Bartley, 21, were riding in Thompson’s car.

The crash was one of two fatal accidents involving failing to navigate a curve in Raleigh that night. The other occured in North Raleigh in the North Ridge neighborhood, leaving a teenager dead in a one-car wreck.

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Johnathon Gregory Taylor, 18, drove his 2008 BMW off Hunting Ridge Road and into a tree in North Raleigh. The accident occured near Tanbark Way.

Taylor, the lone occupant, was declared dead at the scene, according to Sughrue.

Investigators believe alcohol may have played a role in that crash.

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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