Driver Accused of Causing Fatal Raleigh Car Accident Has a History of Speeding

December 15, 2009, by Michael A. DeMayo

According to the, the driver charged with involuntary manslaughter, careless and reckless driving, and misdemeanor death by vehicle for allegedly causing the head-on Raleigh car accident that claimed the life of motorist Teresa Bagley Weintraub has a history of speeding. State records show that 24-year-old Aleksey Glazunov has been ticketed seven times for speeding since April 2005.

The North Carolina auto collision report estimates that Glazunov was driving about 20 mph above the speed limit on the night of December 2 when, while trying to pass a number of motor vehicles, he lost control of his car and drove off the road. In an attempt to get back on, he appears to have overcorrected his vehicle and driven into oncoming traffic.

While Glazunov was able to avoid striking several cars, he lost control of his auto again, drove off the road again, and drove back onto the road again, where he collided head on with Weintraub’s vehicle. The 57-year-old North Carolina car accident victim was taken to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Driving even a few miles above the legal speed limit can increase the chances that a driver will lose control of his or her auto. For every 10 mph faster than 50 mph that a motorist travels, the driver doubles his or her fatality risk in the event of a car crash. The faster a driver is going, the longer it will take to stop the vehicle when abruptly stepping on the brakes, the greater the force of impact, and the more serious the injuries that can be sustained.

Speeding causes undue stress, places people’s lives at risk, and can prevent someone from ever arriving at their destination. Why gamble the rest of your life on getting someplace just a few minutes earlier?

Charges added in fatal accident, NewsObserver, December 11, 2009

Man charged in fatal head-on crash, ABC Local, December 4, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Get up to speed on driving too fast

Q&As: Speed and speed limits, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


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