DURHAM — A regional stand-up comedian was killed and another man was charged Sunday morning in a fatal wreck that closed eastbound Interstate 40 near N.C. 54 for more than four hours.
Brian Edward Kiley, 38, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., was pronounced dead at the scene, said Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael
Kiley was a New York native who had relocated to Tennessee to work as a stand-up comedian. He performed at shows over the weekend at the Holly Springs Cultural Center in Holly Springs, and at the Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton, opening for Jon Reep.
Kiley, who was married and had one daughter, was driving his Nissan Maxima east on I-40 at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday when a Honda Civic driven by Raul Herrera, 31, of High Point, swerved into his car, Michael said. Both vehicles went off the interstate and overturned. Both cars were a total loss, she said.
Herrera was charged with driving while impaired and taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, Michael said.
There were no passengers in either car.
The accident site – just east of the Exit 273 interchange in southwest Durham County – was cleared and Interstate 40 was reopened to traffic around 9:30 a.m.
State troopers also reported answering several wreck calls in Wake County, largely because of black ice on bridges and overpasses Sunday morning.