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What was to be a celebration of new beginnings, ended abruptly in the tragic death of the groom, Chris Raynor, 28 on his way to breakfast with his groomsman on the day of his wedding. Charged with Death by Vehicle, James Early ran a red light in Raleigh, NC and slammed into the side of Raynor’s car, throwing him from the vehicle.

When the bride to be, Karen Taylor and guests were told about the accident, the festivities became a memorial service. Taylor spoke and shared that she would always love Raynor.

Running a red light and impacting another vehicle from a right angle, results in a far more serious collision then other accidents. An eight county study done in Texas found they are more likely to cause fatalities or serious injury as a result.

It has been proven that installing red light cameras at high incident intersections can reduce the number of crashes dramatically. In Raleigh, NC the reduction in right-angle collisions was 42%, it was a 25% reduction for rear end collisions and 22% for all red-light related incidents. Rocky Mount, NC saw similar results with a total red-light related collisions decrease of 31%.

While red light cameras at intersections can reduce accidents, it is the responsibility of those behind the wheel to pay attention while driving. Had Early done so, there would be another happy couple in the community rather then broken hearts.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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