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Motorcyclist killed, driver charged in Durham crash

Posted 5:55 p.m. Monday
Updated 7:17 p.m. Monday

— A 45-year-old man has been charged following a fatal Monday morning motorcycle crash in Durham.

Authorities said Umar Muhammad, 30, of Durham was driving a Honda motorcycle in the southbound lane of South Alston Avenue at about 11:40 a.m. when he collided with the front corner of a Cadillac driven by Rodney McLaurin.

McLaurin was turning left from Massey Avenue onto South Alston Avenue when the crash occurred, police said.

Muhammad was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. McLaurin was not injured.

Umar Muhammad

McLaurin was charged with death by vehicle, failure to yield right of way and driving with a revoked license. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

McLaurin was being held at the Durham County Jail under $10,000 bond.


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  • Sean Creasy Jul 18, 10:12 a.m.
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    Wow!! Kill somebody and bail is only $10,000?? Where's my list??

  • Linda Tally Jul 17, 6:41 p.m.
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    Hopefully, that "was being held" statement will actually be "is being held." Don't want this creature out on the streets again.