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

Friday, September 11, 2009

Elena Bright Shapiro

Raleigh — Raymond Dwight Cook, 40, of 10516 Beckridge Lane in Raleigh, faces death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed and careless and reckless driving in connection with the Friday wreck at Lead Mine and Strickland roads. Raleigh police said he was driving a car at a speed of 90 mph in a 45 mph zone when he crashed into the back of a Hyundai driven by Elena Bright Shapiro, 20, of Winston-Salem. Shapiro, who died at WakeMed, was in the area training with the Carolina Ballet.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Matthew Lyle Achterman

Wake Forest — State troopers charged Christopher Philip May, 21, with driving while impaired after a two-car wreck early Saturday that killed one man and injured two others. May was driving a 2008 black Honda Civic east on Ligon Mill Road near Greenville Loop when he drifted into the oncoming lane and collided with another car. Matthew Lyle Achterman, 23, a passenger in May's car, was killed. Troopers said Achterman, who was sitting in the back seat, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the car in the collision. May, of 3616 Coach Lantern Avenue, was charged with driving while impaired, driving left of center and felony death by motor vehicle.