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Durham men killed in I-95 wreck in Virginia

Posted July 30, 2010

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— Two Durham men were killed Thursday morning in a wreck on Interstate 95 north of Richmond, Va., authorities said.

A 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was northbound on I-95 near Route 30 at about 7 a.m. when the driver, Teresa E. Bridges, 51, ran off the left side of the highway, over-corrected, and struck a tree, authorities said.

The two back-seat passengers were killed in the wreck. They were identified as Joe L. Thomas, 75, and Garry W. Estes, 45. Thomas wasn't wearing a seat belt, but Estes was, authorities said.

Bridges, who wasn't wearing her seat belt, suffered serious injuries, but authorities said they weren't life-threatening. She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond for treatment.

The front seat passenger, Spencer D. Bridges, 52, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered serious life-threatening injuries in the wreck and also was taken to VCU Medical Center.

The family was traveling from Durham to Washington, D.C., for a college graduation at the time of the crash, authorities said.

Driver fatigue was a factor in the wreck, and authorities charged Teresa Bridges with reckless driving.


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  • pamslaff Jul 30, 2010

    I passed by that accident yesterday at 10am. It was horrid. I made my kids all say a prayer for the people in that car. Sorry to hear that they had died. It made an impact on my kids. It may have saved my children someday when they learn to drive. Keeping alert safely behind the wheel is a responsibility

  • tartar1 Jul 30, 2010

    I ALWAYS drive with my seatbelt on when driving on I-95, and i drive an 18 wheeler! its one of the deadliest stretches of road in America!

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jul 30, 2010

    Prayers for the family.

  • wildcat Jul 30, 2010

    There are some people who always failed to wear their seat-belts. People always have your seat-belt on before you start the motor. Be safe. My condolences to the families.

  • Retired07 Jul 30, 2010

    Been there and almost done that fatigue thing while driving too long while dozing. My prayers.

  • bless 4 me Jul 30, 2010

    Praying for all involved.
    We are reminded almost every day how quickly you life can change.

  • 007KnightRider Jul 30, 2010

    So sad! What was suppose to be a happy time turns into a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  • moncha2003 Jul 30, 2010

    wow wral..surprised you didnt disclose their criminal records

  • luvdolphin2 Jul 30, 2010

    my thoughts and prayers go out to the bereaved families as well as the survivors, especially the driver!