1 killed, 1 seriously injured in downtown Raleigh crash

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A 24-year-old was killed and another man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in downtown Raleigh, police said.

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Officers were dispatched to a single-vehicle wreck near the intersection of South Dawson and West South streets around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, authorities declared Kaylen Lamaar Downing, 21, dead at the scene. Downing was traveling in the front-passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle, Dominick Antoine Downing, 24, was taken to WakeMed with life-threatening injuries.

Police said Downing was driving a 2008 Honda sedan south on South Dawson Street at a high rate of speed.

The car went airborne as it passed through the intersection of South Dawson and West Cabarrus streets, and Downing lost control, according to a police accident report.

The sedan then slid sideways and hit a curb before a guardrail penetrated through the side of the vehicle and into the passenger area, according to the report.

Dawson Street at Cabarrus Street was closed for more than six hours and traffic on cross streets in the area were also impacted by the crash.

The guardrail had to be cut off by firefighters in order to remove the car from the crash site. The car was finally removed more than six hours after the fatal wreck occurred.

An investigation of the crash is underway.

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