Driver ran red light in crash that killed Raleigh man 2 days after his birthday, police say

Austin Baucom in a Facebook photo along with a Google maps image of the intersection of Morgan and Blount streets.
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 man still in the hospital from a deadly October crash in downtown Raleigh ran a red light, causing the wreck that killed a Raleigh man, according to a crash report released by Raleigh Police on Wednesday.

No one has been charged in the Oct. 22 crash in which Austin Reece Baucom died just two days after his 23rd birthday.

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

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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, Baucom, died at the scene after the crash, according to authorities.

Christian Dewain Cosme, 24, of Quail Hollow Road in Raleigh, who was driving the SUV, suffered serious injuries and was transported to WakeMed, where he is still recovering, police said Wednesday.

In a crash report released Wednesday, Raleigh police said that the driver of the Dodge SUV “failed to stop at a red light,” which led to the collision.

Cosme was given an alcohol test after “alcohol impairment” was suspected, according to the crash report. However, the crash report said that the results of the test are currently “pending.”

Cosme’s vehicle was traveling at 45 mph during the crash while Baucom was going 35 mph at the time, the police report said.

Baucom, who was a Raleigh native, studied at Wake Technical Community College, according to his Facebook profile. Baucom, whose birthday was Oct. 20, 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.

Baucom’s funeral  was held on Oct. 26, according to his obituary.

“Austin, like his Grandmother before him, was talented at having a good time.  His smile, laughter, and pranks made him the Master,” his obituary said. “He gave his heart to all he loved.  He was his Mother’s giggle.  His light was contagious.”

In days after the crash, dozens of Baucom’s friends and family wrote on social media 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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