Police confirm speeding was a factor in weekend traffic deaths

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJuly 3, 2014 

— Investigators confirmed Thursday that speed was a major factor in two vehicle crashes last weekend that killed two people.

The accidents occurred within hours of one another late Saturday night and early Sunday on curving roadways in North and South Raleigh.

The posted speed limit along Hunting Ridge Road in North Raleigh is 30 mph, but police say the 2008 BMW driven Saturday by Johnathon Gregory Taylor, 18, was traveling at least 89 mph, before it ran off the road around 10:30 p.m. The car was still moving at 63 mph when it struck a tree, according to an accident report made public Thursday by the Raleigh Police Department.

Taylor, the lone occupant of the BMW, was declared dead at the scene, police reported.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, a 2013 Subaru driven by Christopher Scott Thompson, 20, was traveling on Tryon Road near the northwestern Garner town limits at speeds up to 71 mph before it crossed the centerline and crashed into a 2014 Suzuki.

The posted speed limit is 35 mph, according to an accident report made public by Raleigh police.

The lone occupant of the Suzuki, Brittany Ann Phelps, 25, of Raleigh, was pronounced dead at the scene, police reported.

Police have charged Thompson, of 2213 Center Springs Court, with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to maintain lane, according to the accident report.

Two Fuquay-Varina residents, Emily Ann Cates, 21, and Patricia Yvonne Bartley, 21, were passengers in Thompson’s car. Both sustained injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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