RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A man died in a fiery crash after his vehicle ran off the road and slammed into a tree on Friday morning near Raleigh, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) official said.
A 911 call regarding the crash came into dispatchers around 1 a.m., the official said. Troopers responded to the area of Rock Quarry Road and Ruby Drive and found that a single-vehicle crash had occurred at that location.
According to the NCSHP, Dontez Haywood, 46, of Raleigh, was driving his car when it went off the road to the left, struck a tree and caught on fire. Haywood was pronounced dead at the scene.
The trooper told CBS 17 that they believe speed was a factor in the crash but they’re unsure if alcohol played any role.
The road was shut down in the area for about three hours while the crash was investigated.