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

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Joseph Michael Ellis

Clayton - Joseph Michael Ellis, 21, of Raleigh, was driving a Jeep Wrangler around 3:30am. Joseph ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected, crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road. The Jeep struck a mailbox, and Ellis again over-corrected, causing the Jeep to overturn. He was killed in the wreck. His passenger, was taken to WakeMed. Alcohol was a factor in the wreck, troopers said. He and his passenger attended the Triangle Beach Music Festival in Garner earlier Saturday.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nancy Antoine Leidy

Raleigh - Brian Anthony Reid, 21, a junior at North Carolina State faces a felony death by motor vehicle charge in connection with a fatal accident involving a bicyclist. Nancy Antoine Leidy, 60, was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck and died 2 days later. Brian also received one count each of driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed. Brian registered a .12 in an alcohol breath test. Brian had been celebrating his 21st birthday.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Marcus Lassiter

Four Oaks — Marcus Lassiter, a 7-year-old boy, was struck by a stolen 95 Chevy Camaro being driven by Hipolito Hernandez, 30, of Four Oaks. Immigration officials later confirmed Hipolito was in the country illegally. Hipolito is charged with second-degree murder, felony hit-and-run, felony assault, driving while intoxicated, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, speeding and reckless driving in the death of the child. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Richard Rocha said Friday that Hipolito would be remanded to ICE custody after his state charges are settled. Marcus was trying to cross the road, near his grandma's house, when Hipolito struck him. Troopers reported the cars was traveling more than 25mph over the speed limit. A helicopter rushed Marcus to Duke University Hospital in Durham, alas doctors declared Marcus brain dead and he was taken off life support Monday evening.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ruben Dario Medina | Jefferson Medina

Raleigh — Wake County deputies arrested Christine Haithcock Meyers of Raleigh. Christine is a prime suspect in a collision that killed Ruben Dario Medina, 34, and Jefferson Medina, 10. Christine had her legs injured and authorities arrested her at the hospital. She has been charged with driving while impaired, two counts of second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, violation of an open-container law and driving without insurance. A family friend and Ruben Medina's 4-year-old daughter were injured in the wreck.