[noun]: an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Gregory Barnes | Alicia Fuentez

Police say Gregory Barnes was driving drunk in Fayetteville around midnight Thursday when he rear-ended a pick-up truck.

Four people were in the truck. One, passenger Alicia Fuentez, mother of six, was killed. The other three, including a 2-year-old girl, are hosptialized, and are recovering.

Fuentez came to town to visit relatives. They picked her up from the Fayetteville bus station and headed home. They were on Bragg Boulevard when the accident happened.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Marc Bathrick | Kelly Brown

Authorities said speeding and alcohol were factors in a Saturday-evening accident that killed two people.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Marc Bathrick, 21, of Cary, was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree near the intersection of Castleberry and Wimberly roads in Apex.

Bathrick, a former student at Apex High School, was killed along with his 16-year-old girlfriend, Kelly Brown, who was a current student at Apex High.

According to the Highway Patrol, Bathrick was traveling at least 70 mph in a 55 mph zone and a strong odor of alcohol was detected at the accident scene.