Raleigh man dies in 2-vehicle crash near downtown Raleigh

Austin Baucom in a Facebook photo along with a Google maps image of the intersection of Morgan and Blount streets.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man who just celebrated his birthday died in a crash near downtown Raleigh early Saturday morning, police say.

The crash happened at the intersection of Morgan and Blount streets just after 3 a.m. when two vehicles collided, police said.

One person was driving a 2000 Dodge SUV heading east on Morgan Street when another person was driving a 2004 Acura sedan southbound on Blount Street, Raleigh police said in an email.

The driver of the Acura, Austin Baucom, 23, died at the scene after the crash, according to authorities.

Christian Cosme, 24, who was in the SUV, suffered serious injuries and was transported to WakeMed.

Baucom, who is a Raleigh native, studied at Wake Technical Community College, according to his Facebook profile. Baucom, whose birthday was Thursday, worked in production part time for Live Nation, his Facebook profile said.

He also worked at Lyrica Catering & Production as a catering assistant, according to his profile.

Dozens of Baucom’s friends and family wrote on social media Saturday about his death.

“My heart breaks as I see this. Prayers to you Austin Baucom & your family… Speechless,” wrote Alyssa Burnette on Facebook.

“The world lost a beautiful soul today. Austin Baucom you’re the man who made everyone smile and continue to smile with thoughts and memories of never ending fun. You are truly missed,” wrote Taylor Downs.

The crash remains under investigation.

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