Family mourns Raleigh crash victims

Kyrail McLean

August 11, 2013 2:48:16 PM PDT
A Raleigh family is speaking for the first time about the car accident that killed a 7-year-old boy on his way home from basketball practice.

Seven-year-old Kyrail McLean and his uncle, Tyequaze Oneal were killed in a head-on collision on Millbrook Road last Friday.

Police said the boy's uncle was going 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, lost control of the car, and slammed into another vehicle. McLean was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

"It's like a double whammy. It's just really unbelievable," said family spokesperson Daphanie Chandler. "It's really not like him. He was very safe. He had a child of his own and I know that he was always a pretty safe driver. So I just couldn't imagine he would be going that fast really."

The crash not only killed two people but also injured three others.  Police are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol was also a factor.

Oneal's other passenger, 22-year-old Dominique King, was treated at WakeMed.

The driver of the other vehicle and her passenger were also treated at WakeMed.

A memorial service for McLean and Oneal was held Saturday at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh.

The family has set up a fund to help pay for funeral services. They are originally from Ohio and want to ship the bodies back there to be buried.

"The family is now struggling emotionally and financially. They say there's no money to pay for the funerals," Chandler said. "That would be the worst thing if we had to make a cancellation because they really want to keep the boys together and we really want to take them home."

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