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Raleigh woman killed in crash on US 70 business near Garner

The wreckage of a Honda Accord along US 70 east at Greenfield Parkway, one of four vehicles involved in a fatal collision just outside of Garner on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.
The wreckage of a Honda Accord along US 70 east at Greenfield Parkway, one of four vehicles involved in a fatal collision just outside of Garner on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. jalexander@newsobserver.com

A Raleigh woman was killed Monday morning when her car broke down on U.S. 70 Business and was hit from behind by a box truck.

Lenae Mary Rebecca Dew’s Honda Accord came to a stop in one of the highway’s eastbound lanes near Interstate 40 at about 8:45 a.m.

After hitting the car, the two-axle Two Men and a Truck moving van continued into the median, which had no barrier, and entered the westbound lanes, striking a Honda Pilot and a Toyota RAV 4 heading in the opposite direction, said Chris Clayton, a spokesperson for the Garner Police Department.

The driver of the Pilot, Dorothy Smith Best of Pikeville, and her passenger, Ann Mewborn Smith of Goldsboro, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the RAV 4, Lisa Michelle Kohl of Clayton, was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Eric Adams of Raleigh, who was driving the moving truck, was not injured.

No charges have been filed, but Garner police and the State Highway Patrol continue to investigate.

The moving truck is owned by Brooke Wilson, co-owner of Two Men and a Truck in Raleigh. The company released a statement late Monday.

“The local franchise is working both internally and with local authorities during the ongoing accident investigation,” it read. “Words cannot convey our sympathy for all those impacted by the accident, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

U.S. 70 Business was closed in both directions for several hours after the crash, snarling traffic and forcing motorists to follow detours.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @GarnerCleveland

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