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Durham man charged in fatal crash

Posted May 15, 2015

Anthony Todd Pearce

— A Durham man has been charged in a Thursday morning crash that killed a woman, authorities said.

Anthony Todd Pearce, 41, was charged with felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired. He was being held in the Durham County jail under a $30,000 bond.

Trooper M.D. Holmes of the State Highway Patrol said Pearce was eastbound on Cheek Road shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of his car in a curve near Arvin Road, east of Durham. The car ran off the side of the road, and the passenger side slammed into a tree, Holmes said.

Tracey Braswell Lee, 44, was killed in front passenger seat, Holmes said.

Pearce was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Excessive speed and drugs are believed to be factors in the crash, Holmes said.


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  • Jacquelyn Carr May 15, 2015
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    25 years sounds like a great idea to me! I am absolutely disgusted with his bond amount, Tracey was a great woman and has two beautiful daughters who deserved her to be at both of their weddings and a grandmother to their future children. Although she is now in the hands of the lord, I will continue to pray and can't wait to see this horrible man pay for what he did!

  • Jeff Abbott May 15, 2015
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    Fair enough. Is it wrong to hope he takes himself out when he is out driving impaired again next week?

  • Charlie Jaxon May 15, 2015
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    Guess that you don't know how NC court system works. Almost every time someone is charged with a crime like this, They reduce the charges to manslaughter. The DWI part will be the worst charge that he gets and that will be reduced also. But that will never stop him from driving. The state of NC loves to condones alcoholic use. SMH

  • Bernadette Dan Unger May 15, 2015
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    First of all, IF the guy does any jail time, it will be minimal and then he will "literally" be back on the road again driving suspended because there is no deterrent to this type of behavior. Go back in the archives and see how many people are caught multiple times DUI and driving suspended. The cops catch them and the weak people in the legal system puts them back on the streets.

  • Jeff Abbott May 15, 2015
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    Good. Now give him 25 years behind bars so he doesn't kill any of us on the roadways. Trash.