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Man dies after high-speed chase, fiery wreck in Durham County

Posted November 17, 2012

— One man was killed and two other people were injured early Saturday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a fiery crash on North Carolina Highway 98 in Durham County, state Highway Patrol officials said.

According to authorities, the chase started about 2:30 a.m. when a man driving a Chrysler Crossfire tried to avoid a DWI checkpoint near North Adams Road.

Shortly after troopers began pursuing him, he lost control of his car, crossed the center line and hit a small box truck with two people inside. Both the car and the truck burst into flames, troopers said. 

Authorities helped the driver of the box truck escape the cab, and the passenger was able to get out on their own. Neither person has been identified, but troopers said both were taken to Duke University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The man in the Crossfire has also not been identified, but troopers said he died at the scene. It was unclear why the man tried to avoid the checkpoint.

One patrol vehicle involved in the chase hit a utility pole trying to avoid the wreck, but the trooper was uninjured. N.C. Highway 98 was closed in both directions for about four hours as crews worked to clean up the wreck.

No other information was immediately available.

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  • james27613 Nov 26, 6:07 p.m.

    NCHP did not murder anyone. The runaway driver killed himself by
    driving the vehicle at excessive speeds and did not want to
    have the troopers check him in the system.

  • james27613 Nov 26, 6:06 p.m.

    Why run from a checkpoint?

    You either have outstanding warrants,
    have something you should not have with you,
    are driving a stolen car, etc etc etc.

    If the runaway vehicle did not hit a large truck,
    more lives would have been lost.

  • DaisyMae Nov 20, 3:54 p.m.

    Kudos to our Highway Patrol!

  • lopo Nov 20, 12:44 p.m.

    Sounds like to me Darwin is alive and kicking saving the tax payers a whole lot of money. He made the choice to run, not anyone else. One must take responsibility of ones actions.

  • piene2 Nov 19, 5:30 p.m.

    "Well obviously as soon as he drove off he deserved to be executed in an accident that may not have happened if the over zealous NC highway patrol had not entered into a unneeded high speed chase. Also just because he avoided the DWI check does not mean he was drunk. But the troopers were once again only doing their duty. It is amazing how often someone dies when they are doing that!
    Runt over again"

    The problem is that the cops watch all those cop movies and imagine they are all Dirty Harry or Rambo. Also, how much of an adrenalin rush can they get radioing ahead for a roadblock or blowout strips? The simple answer, none at all.

  • 2alegal Nov 19, 4:27 p.m.

    Can you really blame LEO. What about the box truck people? They were driving along. Who was protecting them? They have rights too!! The driver in the vehicle broke the law. Sorry he paid the ultimate price. Hoping the box truck people are healing.

  • siriusvel Nov 19, 4:09 p.m.

    hey, he could have pulled over at any time! he was no victim!!

  • dare107 Nov 19, 3:28 p.m.

    "Did they really need to chase this guy? They could not just radio ahead and get his license plate? Once again the esteemed NC highway patrol has murdered another individual. I am beginning to think they have a yearly quota for putting people in the morgue!"
    Really! I have never heard a more ridiculas statement made in my life! The guy ran before they started chasing him! Flight upon the sight of law enforcement is not a normal response. I pass them everyday and don't run, only the quilty run!

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 19, 1:51 p.m.

    "just because he avoided the DWI check does not mean he was drunk."

    Your right, he could have been up to something worse I guess.

    Always someone else's fault these days. I'm sure his family will get rich like family of the 16 year old who climbed in the wheel well a plane and fell out when it took off, a genius that one, now his good for nothing parents are suing the airport for not preventing him from trespassing.

  • Runt over again Nov 19, 1:33 p.m.

    "So now the reckless drunk is the victim. Wow just wow..."

    Well obviously as soon as he drove off he deserved to be executed in an accident that may not have happened if the over zealous NC highway patrol had not entered into a unneeded high speed chase. Also just because he avoided the DWI check does not mean he was drunk. But the troopers were once again only doing their duty. It is amazing how often someone dies when they are doing that!

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