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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police say the driver of the SUV that crashed into a tree Monday night was driving 85 mph through the neighborhood. The speed limit is 25 mph.

The WPD crash report says Raphael Samuel lost control when the car hit a speed hump near the intersection of Forest Hills Drive and Colonial Drive sending the SUV into a large tree at about 80 mph.

Samuel and two passengers died. Another passenger, Demond Jones, is still in the hospital. Police say no one in the car was wearing a seat belt.

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Four Deaths

By my count this is four deaths that were linked to "speed humps" placed on streets by our city officials. Yes, the driver was wrong in exceeding the limit but is it right to place obstacles that can take a life if a poor driver makes a bad decision? I would love to sit on a jury to deliberate negligence damage awards against those who decided "speed humps" were the answer to speeding drivers.

The speed humps were placed

The speed humps were placed on Forest Hills Drive to save the lives of young children as they attend school each day. The fact that the driver was traveling over 80 mph on a residential road with a speed limit of 25 mph is the sole reason that he and his passengers were killed that night.

Bottom line....the posters

Bottom line....the posters on this thread who are being accused of being: "inhuman, selfish, stupid, etc." are no more or less inhuman, selfish, stupid, etc. than a person who would WILLINGLY drive 80 mph in a 25 mph residential zone. Truth is, the only person that knows the facts as to 'WHY' would be the person responsible for operating this vehicle.
Three years ago today I lost someone very dear to me when he was hit in his car by a motorcycle doing 120 mph. I watched the media circus and the proclamations of this motorcyclists' family. In their grief, reality was (I'm sure) a near impossibility. In our grief our reality was: the death of a loved one caused by a selfish driver. It didn't matter how long the drivers' rap sheet was, it didn't matter that he was driving on a revoked license and it didn't matter that he had been drinking at a bar for HOURS.
What MATTERS is: how much of a lesson was learned here? Has anyone asked themselves "how will my driving today affect others"? My heart goes out to those that have lost a loved one. Especially to those children left behind. Driving is a privilege not an excuse to act like a selfish moron. Teach THAT lesson to those children left behind in the hope they become GOOD, SAFE drivers. No person should lose a loved one over a drivers' inability to simply obey traffic laws.

Question...

If the driver survived this crash, what would he be charged with?

Good question

Unfortunately driving while stupid isn't a valid charge, vehicular manslaughter X3 might fit the bill.

Not so innocent

Looks like he wasn't so innocent! He had a history of a rap sheet. I am sure the cop saw the car without head lights on and then Raphael didn't want to stop cause he knew it wouldn't be a good out come, so he turned his lights on hit the gas pedal (speed confirmed by video)and tried to speed away. Now if he had only stop 3 people wouldn't be dead. I have no sympathy for the drivers family. If their son had made better decisions in life this wouldn't have been the out come.

However my thoughts and prayers go to the two girls and guy recovering in the hospital. Two lives cut short because of a stupid low life careless driver.

Let the lesson be learned!

I GOT AN CALL ABOUT THIS

I GOT AN CALL ABOUT THIS TONIGHT, ABOUT THE NAGTIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THE DEATH OF MY ONLY BIRTH CHILD SHA'TIA,IT SAD TO MY HEART AN VERY HARD FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS HAPPEN TO HER MOM, BUT WITH GOD UNDERSTANDING AM GOING TO BE ALRIGHT BUT WITH HER IT'S AN LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR HER,I DID'NT KNOW THIS YOUNG MAN AN DONT WANT TO KNOW HIM OR HIS FAMILY, ALL I WANT NOW IS THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAPPEN THAT NIGHT,THAT MY DAUGHTER WAS WITH HER FRIEND MS.
WHITE, AM HOPING I FIND OUT FROM THE YOUNG MAN THAT GOD LEFT HERE TO TELL THE TRUE STORY TO GIVE ME AN PEACE OF MIND. SO UNLESS YOU KNOW ME OR MY DAUGHTER OR MS. WHITE THESE NAGTIVE COMMENTS ABOUT WHY THEY WERE IN THAT CAR OR WHERE THEY WERE GOING ONLY GOD KNOWS, I LOST MY FRIEND AN MY GRANDDAUGHTER LOST HER MOM, I NOR SHA'TIA OR MS,WHITE NEED FOREST HILL COMMUNITY OR LAND FALL, TO HAVE OR BE HAPPY THEM TO GIRLS WERE LOVE AN LOVED BY MANY PEOPLE,EACH DAY YOU LIVE, YOU MEET DIFFRENT KIND OF PEOPLE, PEOPLE LEARN FROM PEOPLE, WE ALL HAVE AN PASS...SOME GOOD, SOME BAD, WE ALL HAVE AN PASS, SO AM TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPEN THAT NIGHT BECAUSE THAT MY RIGHT...NOT YOURS NO ONE HAVE THAT RIGHT TO JUDGE BUT MY GOD AN WE ARE NOT HIM.

The only negative comments I

The only negative comments I see are toward the driver that caused the deaths of the other passengers.

Forgive him.

Yes, and she is saying to forgive him.

I Somewhat Agree

I really do somewhat agree with this but you should not call anyone no low life because my opinion it takes a ignorant person to say this so i do agree but YOU DON'T CALL ANYONE OUT OF THERE NAME!!!

Why.would.u.say.something

Why.would.u.say.something like that u should rotted.in hell.for.that wat.if that.was ya.family u would like dat

STUPID

SMARTA** DID YOU EVER THINK MAYBE IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND & THE ONE THAT SURVIVED MIGHT BE AT FAULT? THAT RALPH ACTUALLY WAS THE VICTIM & THE ONE IN THE BACKSEAT MIGHT HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT? FIND OUT MORE INFO BEFORE YOU START FLAPPIN YOUR GUMS!! RIP RALPH & 2 WOMEN

The driver's family didn't

The driver's family didn't cause him to run into the tree. Would you say the same thing if he had jumped off of a bridge. Regardless of how he died and regardless that it was his fault, his family suffered a loss of someone they love. If you feel that way about things, I am sure the families of those two girls can do without your kind of compassion.

the rude comment u said

u neeed 2 keep bad comments to your self hes only 22 so dot say comments thats gonna make family members feel bad this is his cousion raphel and actually if he lost control then he coudnlt have did it on purpose i understand u wen u said he was in the wrong doinq but then again u need 2 kepp all selfish coimments 2 ur self if it were you family mate witht he same problem you wouldnt be sayinq that so think about that its the same matter.:)

DUMB COMMENTS

How can you come up with such comments? Young people have lost their lives and the negativity is rediclous. Parents are hurting childrens are hurting and all you do is focus on the negative. Thank God everyone is not inhuman. Thank God for the ones that have a heart and is praying for these young people. This could have been my child or your child you would not want to hear would have,could have or should have. It"s to late for that ,but we can pray so this dosen't happen to anymore of our kids.

Bad decisions

Many young people make bad decisions. It was a bad decision to run from the police but it was just that a bad decision with a bad outcome. We have all done dumb things at times and nothing happened. This wasn't a low life this was a young life. My prayers and concern goes out to all the families of these young people.

Ok...here we go. It is

Ok...here we go. It is obvious these guys were running from the cops. There is enough episodes of "World Wildest Police Videos" for even these numbnuts to know that you are not going to get away from the police. If he is ignorant enough to ram a tree 80 miles an hour, ...maybe it is safe to assume, that us normal law-abidding folks and planet earth itself, is better off without these hoodlooms. I know that they were someone's child and all that (To all the do-gooders and bleeding hearts.)...but the parents should have raised them better than they did. Its that simple. My heart pumps piss for these guys.....

Look at his arrest record.

Look at his arrest record. The guy WAS a low life.