Driver charged after early-morning head-on Durham crash claims two lives

jalexander@newsobserver.comDecember 27, 2013 

— A Raleigh man with a history of speeding, reckless driving and drug charges is now charged with driving while impaired and causing an accident that killed two brothers early Friday morning.

Robert P. Breeden III, 20, of 10900 Cahill Road in Raleigh, has four pending court dates in the first two months of the new year, according to court records, and will now face a fifth after being charged in the deaths of Jorge and Andreas Avalar, both of Durham.

The brothers were driving on N.C. 98 near Coley Road around 5:50 a.m. when Breeden’s Dodge pickup truck drifted across the center line of the two-way highway and struck their Isuzu Rodeo head-on. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Breeden is charged with driving while impaired and two counts of felony death by motor vehicle. He was not taken to a hospital, according to Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, and was being held at the Durham County jail, his bail set at $500,000.

Fifteen days earlier, Breeden was charged with driving 56 mph in a 35 mph zone. That trial date is set for Feb. 5.

He has three other court dates on Jan. 10, 14, 16, for multiple charges ranging from drug possession, to hit and run, speeding and reckless driving.

Gordon said alcohol was initially suspected in the collision, but further investigation revealed the impairing substance was a substance other than alcohol.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

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