Dad killed when car crashes into downtown Raleigh house; teen charged

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A father is dead and a teen is facing charges after a car slammed into a house in downtown Raleigh early on Friday, according to Raleigh police.

The crash happened around 12:15 a.m. at a house located at 805 E. Lenoir Street. Police said the car slammed into the home that had one adult male, identified as 42-year-old Anthony Joseph Gaines, and two kids inside. The man inside the home was killed, but the two children only suffered minor injuries. They were treated at WakeMed and released.

"Raleigh send EMS. Got a vehicle 10-50 through house," said one emergency responder in radio traffic released Friday. "I've got injured occupants inside the house. I can't see through the dust."

10-50 is a radio code for an accident.

According to police, the incident occurred after an officer was passed on westbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard by a car traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop the car on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near State Street, but the suspect turned north onto State Street and sped off.

Police said that "Pursuant to [Raleigh Police Department] departmental policy, the officer disengaged from the attempt to conduct the traffic stop." It was shortly after that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Etgar Edvardo Bautista-Montoya, 19, of Raleigh, blew threw a stop sign located at State and Lenoir streets and slammed into the house. No officers were involved in the crash, police said.

Gaines was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bautista-Montoya was taken in to custody at the scene. He suffered minor injuries, police said. He is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. He took a breath test and registered a .12 BAC nearly four hours after the crash, according to results included with an arrest warrant filed in Wake County court.

He appeared before a magistrate just after 6:30 a.m. and was issued a $160,000 secured bond.

On Dec. 6, Bautista-Montoya was charged with flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle resulting in death. His new bond is $285,000.

According to police, there were two juveniles inside Bautista-Montoya's car at the time of the crash. They were checked out by EMS at the scene and medically released.

Family members arrived on scene around 5:30 a.m. and one woman told CBS North Carolina's Lauren Haviland that Gaines was her ex-husband.

The woman said that one of the children was sleeping in the bed with their father when the car came crashing into the home.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed, police said.

E. Lenoir Street was blocked between Quarry Street and Church Street but was reopened around 6:30 a.m.

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