RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A man has been arrested and charged after one person was killed in a Sunday morning car crash that shut down the northbound lanes on Capital Boulevard for hours.
According to police, the wreck took place around 2:38 a.m. in the 9300 block of Capital Boulevard, also known as U.S. Highway 1.
Police said 76-year-old Pamela O’Brien was driving north in a 2014 Ford Focus with her husband, Ralph O’Brien, also 76, who was in the front passenger seat. Antonio Carter, 46, was also driving northbound in a 2014 Mercedes Benz.
According to a preliminary investigation by police, Carter hit the back of the O’Brien’s car, causing the vehicle to move right off the roadway and hit a tree. Carter continued north until his car stopped “in the wood line to the right of the road.”
Ralph O’Brien was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead, according to police. Pamela O’Brien and Carter were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The Raleigh Police Department said Carter was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed.
On Monday, courts records indicate Carter’s misdemeanor death by vehicle charge was upgraded to felony death by vehicle. Court records show Carter posted a $250,000 secured bond and was released from jail.
The investigation is ongoing.
The wreck closed down the northbound lanes between Thornton Road and River Haven Place for several hours Sunday morning. That stretch of road is north of Interstate 540 heading toward Wake Forest.
The Raleigh Police Department said Capital Boulevard was back open around 9:20 a.m.