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Man dies after Durham hit-and-run wreck

Posted March 27, 2012

— The 76-year-old driver of a Cadillac who was struck by another car in a chain-reaction three-car wreck in Durham Monday has died, police said Tuesday.

The driver responsible for the wreck fled the scene on foot and has not been arrested.

A man driving a 2012 black Ford Edge – a rental car with New Jersey license plates – ran a red light at high speed on South Driver Street and struck a Suzuki on Angier Avenue Monday afternoon, police said. The impact of that crash caused the Suzuki to collide with a Cadillac, which then crashed into a building at the corner of the intersection.

The Cadillac driver, Weldon Lewis Williams, of Durham, died Tuesday at Duke University Hospital.

The Suzuki driver, whose name has not been released, remains in critical condition.

Police are still searching for the driver of the Edge, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest. He is described as a black man in his early 20s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and about 145 to 160 pounds. 

He was wearing his hair in dreadlocks and is believed to frequent the Walltown area. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919-560-4935, extension 29409, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 


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  • HeBlessesMe Mar 28, 2012

    There is no validity in the "rally" cry. You guys CANNOT compare every incident to that of Travyon Martin....it's apples & oranges. However, if we KNOW the person who fled (appropriate term) was talked to by police or apprehended then let go, then we could compare the cases. Right now, it's about finding this person and getting him arrested.

    Condolences and prayers to the families of the victims. And the car rental agency needs to release the rental agreement to the police. It will have the renter's name & address (no copy of driver's licenses because the vast majority do not do that any longer). I used to work at Budget, we complied with Police all of the time.

  • Riddickfield Mar 28, 2012

    Hmmm... some guy in dreads ran off after the accident. My guess is its a stolen car. as a rule, I usually don't see guys in dreads at the rental car counter whenever I'm renting cars.

  • rayh Mar 28, 2012

    the 2nd or 3rd from the top on the Durham arrest slideshow really matches the description...actually there's quite a few matches

  • beach2011 Mar 28, 2012

    March 28, 2012 11:27 a.m.
    Well said - LocalYokal is just what his name says- My son is a Durham Police Officer and he works VERY HARD and I don't appreicate LocalYokals comments!

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Mar 28, 2012

    My condolences go out to Mr. Williams' family. I understand the cause and effect of hit and runs, and understand what the family is going thru. I wish them the best.
    But as the family, you need to stay on the cops to complete the investigation... because 2.5 yrs after my husband was killed by a H-N-R....still no leads.

  • JustLikeYou Mar 28, 2012

    mryoung6561 - I couldn't agree more!! Seems like it is a very selective process for who gets a justice rally. Interesting.

    Also, it is a rental car... how could you not have more information on the person it was rented to?? Start asking them questions. Not the general public!

  • beaulahjackson4 Mar 28, 2012

    Unless the rental car with New Jersey plate was stolen, then how do police not know who the driver was? When I have had to rent a car in the past the agency makes a copy of my driver's license & insurance verification form. Seems if the car wasn't stolen that it would take a phone call and possibly a faxed document to ascertain exactly who rented the car. Maybe someone else was driving it, but still it's a pretty valid lead.

    My prayers and condolences go out to the family's of both the deceased and victim that's currently in critical condition.

  • bombayrunner Mar 28, 2012

    note wral cant just say "Man dies after hit-and-run wreck" .. they have to put "Man dies after Durham hit-and-run wreck"

  • LocalYokel Mar 28, 2012

    cantstandgoloanymore, I am already pay a large bill for public safety. I should not have to pay a dime more. I want results for the money I pay for public safety and if police can't do it or don't want to do it then we can use machines. Machines are better anyway because they can give a ticket to an off duty law enforcement officer.

    This is not perfection that we need, its basic public safety and we already pay for that.

  • Nunya123 Mar 28, 2012

    LocalYokel - you foot the bill to put a police officer on every street corner so we can all live you in your perfect little world where the police can catch every speeder.