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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Jorge Perez San Juan | Cresencio Torentino | Carlos Alejandro Lopez

Raleigh — Three people died early Sunday and a fourth was hurt when a car ran off North New Hope Road at the corner of Fawn Glen Drive in Raleigh. Police said the car was traveling at "a high rate of speed". The driver and two of three passengers in the car were dead at the scene after the car struck the curb on North New Hope, skidded, struck a decorative wall at the entrance to the Brookstone subdivision and rolled over, throwing out the two back-seat passengers.

The dead men are the driver, Jorge Perez San Juan, 23, of Garner; Cresencio Torentino, 23, whose address was unknown, and Carlos Alejandro Lopez, 23 of Raleigh. Torentino and Lopez were riding in the back seat of the sedan and were thrown from the car when it rolled over. Melesio Tolentino Vargara, who was riding in the front passenger seat and was wearing a seat belt survived. San Juan did not have a driver's license, police said in their report. Officers investigating the crash said there were 100-foot skid marks before the car hit the wall and that it traveled about 50 feet after crashing.