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Man charged with DWI after pedestrian killed

Posted February 19, 2010

— A 21-year-old Durham man was charged with driving while impaired after the car he was driving struck and killed a 48-year-old woman crossing Fayetteville Street Thursday night, police said.

Brendan Duan Bass, of Ahlambra Court, faces additional charges of driving without a license, driving without insurance and using fictitious tags in connection with the collision that killed Vickie Elaine Riley, of Durham.

Officers also served Bass, of Alhambra Court, with an outstanding warrant stemming from a March 30, 2009, armed robbery on Alhambra Court.

Police said Bass was driving in the left southbound lane on Fayetteville Street when he hit Riley. He then lost control of his 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass and struck a Mercury Mountaineer in the right lane, which then hit a utility pole. The Oldsmobile jumped a curb, struck a sign, crashed through a chain-link fence and hit a parked car.

Riley was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Bass and the driver of the Mercury weren't seriously injured.

Bass was in the Durham County Jail Friday under a $280,000 bond.


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  • lvhv2003 Feb 19, 2010

    If this isn't second degree murder, then what is?
    I wonder if this drunk driver has been charged or convicted of previous DWIs. My deepest sympathies to the family of the victim. This was such a senseless death.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 19, 2010

    You're comparing apples and oranges LocalYokel. Garcia is probably illegal and wouldn't be around to go to court if he was released. A kilo of meth is a big deal too.

  • larky74406 Feb 19, 2010

    Fayetteville Street? Looks more like Fayetteville Road.

  • LocalYokel Feb 19, 2010

    sorry, I got my wires crossed. Mr. Garcia did not even wreck his car and he got 7X the bond of Mr. Bass.

  • LocalYokel Feb 19, 2010

    whats wrong with this picture? Mr. Bass's bond would could have been 7X if he did not kill anyone?! See this story about another 21yo, named Mr. Garcia, that wrecked an Oldsmobile through a fence into a parked car in Durham earlier this week. Bond/punishment for Mr. Garcia was much more severe even though he did not kill anyone with his actions.


  • Just the facts mam Feb 19, 2010

    This is so sad - I am sure our court system will let him out shortly so he can do this again..., and again..., and again...

  • NCHighlander Feb 19, 2010

    Such a nice young man gone astray!

  • thinkbeforespeaking Feb 19, 2010

    the shoulda-woulda-coulda's never count...

  • Weaker Pelosi Feb 19, 2010

    Had he been in jail for the armed robbery, as he should have been, she would still be alive.

  • garnertoy Feb 19, 2010

    sounds like murder to me