Funeral to be held Friday for Raleigh dad and husband killed in I-540 crash

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A funeral will be held Friday for the Raleigh husband and father who was killed when a car crossed the Interstate 540 median and crashed into his motorcycle on Monday afternoon on his way home from work.


Philip James Sabino, 44, was heading back to his Raleigh home from SciQuest in Morrisville, where he had worked for 17 years as one of the first employees, when the crash happened at 4:30 p.m., sources say.

In Sabino’s obituary Wednesday, his family thanked motorists who called 911, first responders and “most of all … the two women who rendered aid to him.”

N.C. Troopers say a preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2003 Honda passenger car was heading west on I-540 when it traveled into the median. (Click to read previous story)

The Honda then traveled through the guard wire into the eastbound lanes of I-540 where it collided with a 2012 Honda motorcycle driven by Sabino, troopers said.

Sabino died at the scene despite efforts to help save him.

“We take comfort in knowing every effort was made to save his life,” his family said in an obituary.

Sabino, who was a member of Phi Sig at Virginia Tech from where he graduated in 1993, was an Information Technology Consultant, according to his obituary.

“His friends describe him as gentle, kind, selfless, fun loving, hardworking, happy, and funny,” his obituary said.

Sabino leaves behind a wife and a young daughter, his obituary said.

“Most of all Phil loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, best friend and pillar of strength to Christine (his wife), who could not have asked for a better man to share her life with. To Adele (his daughter), he was her one and only hero, dedicating hours every night to spend time with her playing games, reading, and doing artwork,” Sabino’s obituary said.

A gathering in Sabino’s memory was held at Renaissance Funeral Home at 7615 Six Forks Road on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The family will be at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church at 7506 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, 770 Stadium Drive in Wake Forest.

An education fund for his young daughter has been established at the State Employees’ Credit Union, for anyone who wishes to contribute.

Any branch in North Carolina can accept a contribution in person, or by mail send to State Employees’ Credit Union, 8551 Colonnade Center Dr., Raleigh, NC 27615, for deposit to Adele Sabino Trust Account.

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