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Durham woman dies after being thrown from van in wreck

Posted September 3, 2013

— A 30-year-old Durham woman died late Monday after being thrown from her Ford minivan in a wreck on Stadium Drive, police said. 

According to investigators, Rubia Hernandez Portillo was traveling west on Stadium Drive at about 11:50 p.m. when she collided with a Toyota RAV4 driven by Amina Baker, 17. 

The impact, which happened near the intersection of Horton Road, caused the van to spin and overturn, and Portillo was thrown from the vehicle, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A man in the van with Portillo was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and Baker was not injured, police said. 

No charges have been filed, but authorities were still investigating the wreck Tuesday morning.


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  • mike honcho Sep 4, 2013

    lizzz38- I dont recall saying never....if you have evidence of a properly restrained occupant being ejected,I'd love to hear about it.

  • rednek Sep 3, 2013

    From reading his posting I think he was referring to lots of drivers in general, not this specific accident.

    I drive I-40 quite a bit and he hit it on the spot with his description of a lot of drivers, but he forgot those reading books and newspapers while driving.

  • bizarro Sep 3, 2013

    Gnathostomata - you have no idea how this accident started unless you were involved...so stop jumping to conclusions.

  • Gnathostomata Sep 3, 2013

    Road rage drivers, drunk drivers, speeders, slow drivers in the left lane, texting drivers, "It's all about me" drivers...these people do not respect other drivers, and they need to have their driver's license removed with jail time if they are caught driving without one. They cause accidents even if they aren't involved, and the damage, death, and cost to others drives up insurance and causes heartbreak. The rest of us who choose to obey the law are subjected to these lawless drivers without recourse. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Remove the hazardous driver from the road.

  • LocalYokel Sep 3, 2013

    Like most wrecks, this investigation will conclude that at least one bad driver was at fault.

    If only we had a branch of government who's slogan was "To Protect and Serve". This branch of government would protect and serve the public by enforcing traffic laws that reduce the number of bad drivers on our roads and save lives.

  • lizzz38 Sep 3, 2013

    Never say never, Honcho!

  • mike honcho Sep 3, 2013

    Who said she was belted??? belted occupants do NOT get ejected.

  • gobbledygook Sep 3, 2013

    What a vicious wreck to get ejected from the seatbelt. RIP