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Car crashes through Durham home, driver charged with DWI

Posted May 3, 2015
Updated May 4, 2015

— Before a 2012 Toyota Camry was an uninvited guest inside an Amber Stone Way home, it first introduced itself to Courtney Hill’s vehicle.

“My parents came downstairs and said ‘Courtney, someone just hit your car,’” she said. “And I’m thinking 'no way.'”

When Hill stepped outside at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, she noticed damage to the front driver’s side of her Nissan Murano.

“Before we can think, the car immediately…you hear the gas and they reversed very quickly,” she said. “I can’t even explain. And it did a turn and backed right into the house.”

The Camry, in reverse, crossed the street, went through a side yard and through a wall of a home at 4250 Amber Stone Way, Durham police said.

The car crashed into the home just a few feet from a propane tank.

Mariana Ayad Mansi Bekheit, 31, of Durham, was charged with driving while impaired and driving without insurance. She was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

“The vehicle has been left in place until a decision can be made about how to remove the car without causing more damage to the integrity of the structure,” police said in a statement.

Hill said Bekheit wasn’t alone in the vehicle.

“I saw a woman and she was in the driver's seat,” she said. “Her eyes were closed and her head was turned. She was leaned against the seat of the car and the passenger was a black male and he looked around. Just looking around.”

No one inside the home was injured.

Hill, who was in the area visiting her parents, is angry, but thankful.

“I could have been in the car,” she said. “We could have all been in the car.”


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  • Adul Siler May 4, 2015
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    OH joy no insurance! Hits a car and a house all while DWI.

  • Brian Hill May 4, 2015
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    She was arrested in January for a DWI as well :

  • Angie Cox May 4, 2015
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    it's so hard to follow this story due to the person who wrote the article. WRAL please make adjustments.

  • Norman Lewis May 4, 2015
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    Who wants to bet this was her first time driving drunk? Since she was driving without insurance, driving drunk and likely driving without a license, I think lengthy jail time is appropriate but then we would hear about the trauma to her family if she were gone. How about if she had killed someone in this drunken destructive incident?

  • Chris Vet May 4, 2015
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    You make it sound like crashing though a home is better off?

  • Fred Garner May 4, 2015
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    Wait a minute. We don't want to pass judgement on anyone for fear of profiling. Just because they were drunk on their buttocks doesn't mean they did anything wrong. Gosh let's make it ok to park where you want to.

  • Ben Sanders May 4, 2015
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    Looks like Mariana saved the homeowner from a pressure washing bill.

  • Vera McGraw May 4, 2015
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    oops - at least she was not on a road/hwy...bad judgement.....even with a passenger who did not/could not make a decision to stop her from driving.