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Grand jury declines indictment of Durham man in fatal crash

Posted June 16, 2015

Anthony Todd Pearce

— A Durham County grand jury has voted not to indict a man in connection with a fatal crash last month.

Anthony Todd Pearce, 41, was charged in a May 14 crash on Cheek Road. Authorities said Pearce lost control of his car in a curve near Arvin Road, east of Durham, and the car ran off the side of the road and slammed into a tree on the passenger side.

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

Investigators said they believed excessive speed and drugs were factors in the crash.

The grand jury on Monday returned no bills against Pearce, meaning they declined to indict him, on charges of felony death by vehicle, careless and reckless driving and driving while license revoked.


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  • Kenneth Brewer Jun 16, 2015
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    I know and respect a Durham police officer but I wonder why they bother to do their jobs. It's a given that Durham county DAs, judges and juries just put the violent criminals back on the street ASAP. I'm not sure why but I think laziness and insulation from the criminal element, being they reside in gated communities, are determining factors.

  • Timmy Strickland Jun 16, 2015
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    Even though the Grand Jury dsecided to indict him on the felomy charges, he can still be charge and tried for those crimes

  • H.D. Derrington Jun 16, 2015
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    That jury should be ashamed. This behavior dilutes the general public's faith in the legal system.

  • Rick Price Jun 16, 2015
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    Another Durham County slap on the wrist. This man has an extensive criminal and driving arrest record and no indictment. The lady that was killed was my cousin . I guess her family wont see any justice. Durham County judicial system is a JOKE.