Police still investigating I-40 crash that killed church elder

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJanuary 28, 2014 

— Police are still trying to determine how a New Jersey man lost control of a Pontiac Grand Am on Interstate 40 Sunday afternoon and caused a multivehicle crash that killed an elderly Durham woman.

Emergency workers pronounced Catherine Obie, 83, of 915 Lorain Ave. in Durham, dead at the scene, according to Tuesday’s accident report from the Raleigh Police Department.

Brandon Lewis Jefferson, 22, of Budd Lake, N.J., is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

According to the report, Jefferson’s Pontiac veered off the right side of I-40 between Trailwood Drive and Lake Wheeler Road before over-correcting and crashing through the median cables and skidding into the westbound lanes.

The right side of the Pontiac crashed into a 2014 Chrysler that Obie was driving. A second car, a 2013 Chrysler driven by Jonathan Eugene Davis of Greensboro, also struck Jefferson’s Pontiac, police reported. His speed was estimated at 74 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Jefferson was treated at WakeMed in Raleigh before police transported him to the Wake County jail. He was released from custody after posting a $2,000 bond, a jail spokesman reported Monday.

The police investigation continues.

“The crash investigators are still looking into the circumstances,” Jim Sughrue, a Raleigh police spokesman said Tuesday night.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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