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Authorities ID man killed in wrong-way crash on I-85

Posted October 4, 2010

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— The state Highway Patrol on Monday identified the driver killed Saturday while driving the wrong way on Interstate 85.

Obet Diaz Silva, 21, of Durham, was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-85 just south of the Falls Lake bridge near the Durham-Granville county line at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday when his car slammed into a pickup truck, authorities said.

The pickup driver wasn't injured.

Troopers said they still don't know why Silva was driving the wrong direction.

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  • Shane Oct 4, 2010

    It's easy to figure out... If you have ever gone southbound @ Redwood Rd, the on-ramp it an absolute mess. I have gotten onto the highway there a million times and it is still confusing to me... Seriously, take Redwood from Cheek, try to get onto 85 South, and you will understand... There seriously needs to be better signage there, because it is totally possible to 'accidentally' go up the wrong ramp.. Come on LEO, this is a no brainer!!

  • jon2four Oct 4, 2010

    Seems to me like a case of someone driving while not paying attention. Maybe preoccupied with something that was not worth the price of his life. It probable hit him just before the truck did that he was going the wrong way

  • Pseudonym Oct 4, 2010

    Maybe he just saw the movie "Planes Trains and Automobiles" and wanted to re-enact the scene where John Candy spun the car around and wound up going between 2 trucks.

  • boingc Oct 4, 2010

    "Probably didn't speak English, DMV should not issue license to people who cannot understand the English Language. We are in America."
    vgurry1

    You should probably change "license" to "licenses" if you want to use English correctly.

  • chrishill2393 Oct 4, 2010

    I'm pretty sure this wasn't a case of the man not being able to understand English...an arrow is an arrow...

    @harmstrong: I completely agree! The cars coming at me head on would be a pretty big alert...

    @Moabit: Why would a blind man be driving?? Possible stroke, yes. But to say he may have been blind was just ridiculous :)

    Such a sad story. Thoughts are with the family

  • vgurry1 Oct 4, 2010

    Probably didn't speak English, DMV should not issue license to people who cannot understand the English Language. We are in America.

  • carolinaswthrt272 Oct 4, 2010

    i saw this wreck immediately after it happened when the emergency personnel were just arriving to the scene. It was a horrific crash. I knew upon seeing the car, it would have been a miracle for anyone to have survived that. i knew the car was facing the truck like it had been hit head on, but i assumed maybe the car had spun around after being hit after all it was a big truck. Once I found out saturday afternoon that they were driving the wrong way, I've tried to figure out where they got on the highway at going the wrong way. Hey had to have either had a medical emergency or intoxicated or something b/c those exits coming from Durham, it's sort of obvious you were going the wrong way, especially if you know how to drive. I just can't understand there was quite a bit of traffic on the road for that time of morning and he couldn't have been on the highway for long for no one to see him.

  • Moabit Oct 4, 2010

    everything is possible. Maybe he was blind or had a stroke, we do not know but.... and there is always a but ... things look more plausible the other way.

  • ncguy Oct 4, 2010

    Troopers said they still don't know why Silva was driving the wrong direction.

    He was hammered! mucho Cervesa;s

  • harmstrong4 Oct 4, 2010

    I am pretty sure the apperance of cars coming at you would alert a normal driver that something is not right. Of course, I could be wrong.

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