Police have not made public the name of a 55-year-old taxicab driver who was killed early Saturday when a suspected impaired driver crashed into the victim’s cab.
State records show the victim was a native of Mississippi and a former Army serviceman who had moved from Cumberland County to Southeast Raleigh.
Someone called 911 just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday to report a wreck in the middle of New Hope Church Road, near Atlantic Avenue.
“Get here as soon as you can,” the caller told the dispatcher, according to a copy of the 911 recording made public Monday afternoon by the Raleigh Police Department.
The 911 caller was unable to provide a description of the vehicles involved in the crash, nor was he close enough to determine the physical condition of the people involved in the accident.
“Just send somebody quick,” he told the dispatcher.
Police charged Dreshawn Sam Bynum with murder early Saturday. Investigators accuse Bynum of being impaired while behind the wheel of a stolen Ford Explorer that smashed into the victim’s cab at New Hope Church Road and Atlantic Avenue.
Bynum, 24, was arrested after jumping out of the stolen SUV after the crash, police said Saturday.
Minutes before the fatal accident, at about 3:15 a.m., someone called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle in a Walmart parking lot at 1725 New Hope Church Road, police reported.
An officer was heading to the store parking lot and spotted a vehicle matching the description provided by the 911 caller. The suspect vehicle was a Ford Explorer leaving the area at a high speed while traveling east on New Hope Church Road, Laura Hourigan, a police spokeswoman, reported.
The Raleigh officer turned the patrol cruiser around and attempted to stop the Ford Explorer. The fleeing SUV approached the intersection of New Hope Church Road and Atlantic Avenue, where a taxicab passed through a green light, while traveling north on Atlantic Avenue. The SUV slammed into the taxicab, and the force of the impact flung the driver from the cab. The cab crashed into a laundromat at 4000 Atlantic Ave., Hourigan reported
Investigators later learned that the Ford Explorer was recently stolen, Hourigan reported.
Police on Monday said they had not been able to reach the cab driver’s next of kin to tell them of his death. Police policy is not to make public a victim’s name until that has been done.
In addition to murder, Bynum was charged with stealing the Explorer from Thompson Cadillac Oldsmobile Inc., with possession of a stolen vehicle, with felony hit-and-run, with fleeing to elude arrest and with not stopping at a red light.
Bynum also faced a charge of driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license, records showed.
Bynum was held without bail on the murder charge. Bail on the other charges was set at $150,000.
Authorities listed Bynum as living on Forest Oaks Drive in Raleigh.