5 killed in crash on Raleigh’s Capital Blvd. were teens speeding 80 mph, police say

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The five people killed Sunday morning after a single-vehicle crash on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh were all teenagers, the youngest just 13 years old, police said Monday.

The crash occurred on Capital Boulevard near Fairview Road at about 6:15 a.m. Sunday, Raleigh police said.

Laura Hourigan, a spokeswoman for Raleigh police, said the vehicle was heading downtown “when it ran off the road to the right and struck a concrete bridge abutment.” All five people in the vehicle died from their injuries.

All of them were teenage boys, Hourigan said. In addition to the 13-year-old, two were 14 and two were 17.

None of them was wearing a seatbelt, she added.

Hourigan said speed was a factor in the crash, and that the vehicle was traveling at an estimated 80 mph.

Police are still working on the accident report and have not released the names of those who died or said if they were related.

It was the second deadly wreck in Wake County on Sunday morning. Roughly four hours earlier, Knightdale police Officer Ryan Hayworth, 23, died after a driver crashed into two stationary police cars parked on Interstate 540 as officers investigated an accident.

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