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Bahama woman faces charges in Durham man's death

Posted August 22, 2013

Brian Gene Long (Photo courtesy of Genise Fowler)
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— A woman was charged Thursday in connection with a collision that killed a Durham man walking along a road just outside of Durham's city limit.

Elizabeth Ekberg, 22, of Bahama, faces one count each of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision in connection with the Aug. 5 wreck that killed Brian Gene Long, 30.

Long was struck from behind, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said, and died at the scene.

Investigators have said that alcohol was not a factor in the case, but they have not said what caused the collision.

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  • rdanico Aug 23, 2013

    so rumor (and a county sheriff) has it, that miss ekberg was swerving all over the road for miles. another driver behind her was even going to call 911 due to her erratic driving (and will forever regret not doing so). texting and driving. that's the moral of this story folks.

  • ncnremtp Aug 22, 2013

    I was not trying to imply the victim is at fault, nor was I trying to excuse the driver. By limiting the information released, an opportunity to educate drivers and pedestrians is missing. Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to each other. If the victim was struck for behind, it implies he was walking with traffic, not against, thus putting himself and drivers at risk.

    Either way, this was a tragic incident and two families' lives have forever been changed. But something good can come from the report if complete details were available and others can learn from it.

  • tamcapwral Aug 22, 2013

    > If he was struck from behind, then he was walking on the wrong side of the road. Why then is the driver >being charged?

    There is no "wrong side of the road" for walking. He should have been walking against the traffic (http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_20/GS_20-174.html). However, this is labeled "when practicable" not "must" - this is not mandatory. To be honest, we don't even know which side of the road he was on.

    Moreover, point (e) clearly specifies it to be driver's responsibility to monitor pedestrians within the roadway. If the driver was going too fast and missed the pedestrian - they are in violation.

  • Jack Flash Aug 22, 2013

    "If he was struck from behind, then he was walking on the wrong side of the road. Why then is the driver being charged?"

    Wait, drivers are allowed to swerve all over the right shoulder? Wow, good to know.

  • ncnremtp Aug 22, 2013

    If he was struck from behind, then he was walking on the wrong side of the road. Why then is the driver being charged? What other circumstances led to this charge?