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Durham officer injured in I-85 crash out of hospital

Posted August 2, 2012

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— A Durham police officer has been released from the hospital, a week after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of her patrol car on the shoulder of Interstate 85.

Officer Teresa Gilliam had stopped a 2010 Mazda 3 on July 25 on southbound I-85 just past the exit ramp for Cole Mill Road, police said. A tractor-trailer then hit Gilliam's unmarked car from behind, forcing it into the Mazda.

Gilliam, a 15-year veteran of the Durham police force, suffered brain and spine injuries and two broken ribs.

Charles Edward Caldwell, 44, of Roberta, Ga., is charged with felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired, reckless endangering, speeding and unlawfully passing an emergency vehicle.

His attorney has said that Caldwell suffered "a medical event" and wasn't impaired at the time of the wreck.

Caldwell was released after posting a $500,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 19.


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  • babsm59 Aug 3, 2012

    Prayers for you to recover quickly!!

  • monami Aug 2, 2012

    Best wishes to Ms Gilliam for a speedy recovery.

  • iamsiam1096 Aug 2, 2012

    Hope she continues to a full recovery...not sure what will become of the truck driver, sorry, but a medical event is often classified as an impairment and can often times make it more difficult to keep your license depending on the event and the likelihood of a recurrence of the incident. If he is ill I hope he is treated appropriately and all can move forward and heal.

  • sophiemom Aug 2, 2012

    I hope that Ms. Gilliam does well in her recovery. Spine and brain injuries are no picnic.

  • computer trainer Aug 2, 2012

    Hope that she is going to make a full recovery.

  • beach2011 Aug 2, 2012

    Praying you feel better soon!

  • Huey Aug 2, 2012

    Amen swtpea.

  • sssh.. whisper Aug 2, 2012

    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery