ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – There have been 14 reported crashes in the past five years where a 22-year-old Rolesville man died early Sunday morning, according to statistics the North Carolina Department of Transportation released to WNCN Tuesday.
North Carolina Highway Patrol said Delonte Jeffrey Fennell, 22, died at the intersection of Averette Road and Jones Dairy Road around 5 a.m. Sunday.
According to authorities, Fennell was driving north on Averette Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign. His car traveled through a field before hitting a brick house located at 524 Averette Road.
The owner of the home that Fennell crashed into, George Garcia, told WNCN’s Justin Quesinberry that he and his wife were sleeping in another part of the house when the wreck happened.
The house sits a couple of hundred feet from the intersection and a ditch separates the property and the road.
According to a crash history of that intersection from NCDOT, three of the 14 crashes reported involved a vehicle running through the stop sign on Jones Dairy Road and crossing over Averette Road. All three of the crashes occurred at night and one was alcohol related.
Authorities said alcohol was not a factor in the crash that killed Fennell.
Two of the vehicles involved in 14 previous crashes hit a ditch.
Garcia said he and his wife have wanted action for years from the NCDOT due to the history of crashes.
NCDOT Spokesman Steve Abbott said there is no set schedule on when state officials will look at the intersection. Abbott said NCDOT officials usually look at intersections that are connected to fatal crashes to see what, if any, changes can be made to improve safety.