Durham shop owner hopes video helps police solve deadly hit-and-run case
Posted May 26, 2015
Updated May 27, 2015
Durham, N.C. — It’s painful for Karla Razo to think about her uncle's last moments alive.
Isidro Razo, 49, was riding his bicycle westbound on Angier Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle early Sunday. His body was found hours later by passers-by.
“I can't imagine how long he was laying there maybe bleeding to death,” Karla Razo said.
Police are still searching for the driver, and a video released by Rhodes Auto Repair may help.
The shop is just feet away from where Razo died, and the business owner believes his security camera caught the aftermath of the impact.
The video shows a “small car is swerving out the way like it's trying to prevent from hitting something. Then you have a small van,” Derrick Rhodes, the auto shop’s owner, said. “By the time it gets in the camera’s sight, the headlight is pointing at the ground and they brake but they never stop.”
The video recorded eight minutes after Razo left home doesn't show the collision. Durham police have not commented on the white van or whether they believe it was involved.
Rhodes said he’s not surprised that a deadly accident happened where it did.
“The speed limit is too fast for this road,” he said.
Rhodes also says the road is too dark. He said one of his employees was hit and seriously injured while walking home at night a year ago. Rhodes has installed two street lights to try to help.
Adam Haile with Bike Durham, a cycling advocacy group, is also working to improve conditions.
“We're heavily underfunded in terms of what's been provided for infrastructure for bike safety,” he said. “I’d like to see the city step up and close that gap.”
The city of Durham is working to update its 2006 bike plan in hopes of improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
“The bike plan had proposed 182 new miles of bike lane by 2016,” Haile said. “Here in 2015, we’ve only been able to produce 22.”
Karla Razo hopes any changes will keep other families from the pain hers is feeling now. Razo was a construction worker with three adult children who live in Mexico.
“What we feel, our family, is beyond words,” she said. “That’s my dad’s younger brother, and he just tells me stories about when they were growing up together in Mexico. I’ve never seen my father cry. It affected me a lot.”