Groom killed in accident hours before wedding

From Staff ReportsSeptember 13, 2009 

A Raleigh man was killed Saturday less than four hours before he was scheduled to be married.

Chris Raynor, 28, of 9240 Bruckhaus St., was ejected from the backseat of a car driven by one of his groomsmen at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Westgate Road when another car ran a red light about 7:30 a.m., according to police reports.

A third car then ran over Raynor, who had not been wearing a seat belt.

Police charged the driver of the car that ran the red light, James Howard Early, 52, of Asheville, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Raynor was scheduled to be married to Karen Taylor, also of Raleigh, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Raleigh, according to the couple's wedding Web site.

Taylor, a first-grade teacher, lived in Sylva before she met Raynor. They met through a mutual friend and were engaged in November.

The couple was scheduled to leave Monday for a Caribbean cruise.

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