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Driver arrested in Durham hit-and-run

Posted April 12, 2013

— A driver wanted in a hit-and-run crash that injured a Durham woman during Friday morning's commute has turned herself in, police said.

Aurelia Rochelle Mangum, 31, of Durham has been charged with felony hit-and-run, careless and reckless driving and failure to move over for emergency equipment. She turned herself in late Friday afternoon.

Before Mangum's arrest, Durham police had appealed to the public for help in identifying her. They released dash-cam video of the hit-and-run, which happened about 7:30 a.m. on southbound N.C. Highway 147 near Briggs Avenue.

Police said Zaida Juarez, 26, was standing on the shoulder of the highway when she was struck by a white Toyota Camry XLE. She was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Juarez was standing on the shoulder because she was involved in an earlier two-car crash. Both vehicles, along with a Durham police cruiser, had pulled onto the shoulder while officers investigated.

Police said the Camry driver swerved onto the shoulder to avoid hitting cars in front of her as they slowed around the crash.

They had released a description of the car and driver, urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.



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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 16, 2013

    @pause to consider said, "There was no reason for that driver to slow down that much or that quickly."

    1- You have no way of knowing that

    2- It is a driver's responsibility to maintain a safe following distance based on speed and conditions.

    What you are saying just enables irresponsible driving and transfers personal responsibility to someone else.

    Drivers need to use the 2-second following rule and adjust, quickly, if conditions changes. (e.g. rain, fog, brake lights ahead, pack of deer on the shoulder, school zone, yadda yadda.)

  • Good Bye WRAL Apr 15, 2013

    The earlier car that slowed waaaay down initially (looks like they turned on their flashers as they went by?) caused the quick brakes that led to the hit & run. There was no reason for that driver to slow down that much or that quickly.

  • medsman01 Apr 12, 2013

    Give another big ticket to the guy walking AWAY from the injured person. Don't be that guy!,Where' the compassion?

  • beaulahjackson4 Apr 12, 2013

    As to the driver that hit her, why should that person care. Our Government picks and chooses which laws it wants to bother enforcing, so it is fair game for people to do the same. I do not think this driver should be hassled by the Government.

    Yeah, I mean really who cares about human life anymore anyway. I mean if no one enforces the law one can feel just fine after striking a human being with a car...who cares I won't get in trouble anyway...okay sarcasm off now. Your logic is a huge problem in our society. In general people could care less about anyone but themselves. If you have any semblance of moral fiber it should bother you severely that you may have injured or killed another person whether you broke the law or were scared. Your thought process like many others is the moral decay of our society...not gay marriage, not people on welfare and not the atheists.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Apr 12, 2013

    I bet she'll slow down next time...

  • SomeRandomGuy Apr 12, 2013


  • sommervilletranslations Apr 12, 2013

    Hmm, they could determine that she wore "light colored pants" but didn't get the plate #? Must've been bright pants indeed...

  • RUSTYROVER Apr 12, 2013

    Ummmmmm, how is it they know she was wearing light color pants and didn't get a licence plate number

  • stymieindurham Apr 12, 2013

    "Like Republican leaders holding Christian prayers before public, tax-payer . . . "
    Here we go!!!! What does this woman being hit by a car had to do with your left-wing politics. I don't think she cares at this time how you feel politically. She just wants the suspect caught. Geeeez!!!!!

  • Scubagirl Apr 12, 2013

    She'll be caught, hopefully very soon and charged convicted and sentenced.....what a cowardly thing to do (that's as polite as I can be)