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Durham man, 21, dies in high-speed crash

Posted February 16, 2010

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— A 21-year-old Durham man died in a high-speed crash Monday night after he over-corrected, drove off the road and hit a tree.

Tyler Joseph Strickland was driving a Ford Taurus on Red Mill Road around 10 p.m. when he crashed, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Dorando.

Authorities estimate he was driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone. Strickland was not wearing a seat belt, and he was ejected from the car during the crash, Dorando said. He was the only one in the car.

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  • cs Feb 16, 2010

    Even though the young man made a bad decision, my heart goes out to he and his family. I think back to some of the things I did at this age and it is only by the grace of God that I am still here.

  • jdman Feb 16, 2010

    slow down

  • wildcat Feb 16, 2010

    Not obeying the law, the rules of the road and over-speeding can certainly cause death. When will these young people ever learn? My condolences to his family.

  • gov watchdog Feb 16, 2010

    "No matter what the circumstances, no parent should ever have to bury their child."

    Agreed, my heart goes out to them.

    "Those that are throwing stones about this young man speeding need to ask themselves if they were abiding by all trafic laws when they were 21."

    Unfortunately, you have to make it past 21 to realize how lucky you were when you were 21 and younger. It is too bad that so many people (especially young ones) think it will not happen to them.

    My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

    Grateful that no others were injured or killed.

  • aquamarine46 Feb 16, 2010

    How very sad! Parents should not have to bury their children, and he was their only child. My sincere prayers to his mom and dad, who are great people, and raised a wonderful son.

  • oneday8035 Feb 16, 2010

    No matter what the circumstances, no parent should ever have to bury their child. Those that are throwing stones about this young man speeding need to ask themselves if they were abiding by all trafic laws when they were 21. If so, they are either lying or bravo for them, If not, then be thankful your parents did not have to bury you. My son and daughter went to school with Tyler and are both naturally upset. RIP Tyler.

  • anonemoose Feb 16, 2010

    I'd say it was the high speed stop that was the big problem.

  • aborland Feb 16, 2010

    My husband & I knew this young man, my husband actually worked with him. He was a great guy and will missed dearly. He always spoke to me when I saw him and was a great friend to my husband. The whole store will miss him dearly. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.

  • lisa4 Feb 16, 2010

    I do not know this family, but I pray God will give them strength during this time of sadness.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 16, 2010

    As for it being his "right to speed at 90MPH”... Wrong-o If he had survived, he should be put in jail for reckless endangerment of all other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, small furry animals, etc.

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