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Durham Man Killed, Toddler Injured In Traffic Accident

Posted April 28, 2003

— A Durham man was killed and a toddler injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of West Club Boulevard and Broad Street shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

Ronnie Lavegas Hall, 32, of 311 South LaSalle Street was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hall was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee east on Club Boulevard when the vehicle was struck by a westbound 1994 Ford Escort driven by 17-year-old Juan Jose Rivera of 915 North Buchanan Boulevard.

Rivera was making a left turn on to Broad Street and struck the left side of the Jeep, causing the Jeep to flip on to its right side and slide into the corner of Stage 1 Hair Design at 1122 Broad Street. The impact with the building crushed the roof of the Jeep.

A passenger in the Jeep -- Destyne Stanback of Davie Drive -- suffered lacerations and a head injury.

Sranback, who turned 1 last week, was taken to Duke University Medical Center for treatment. Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. She was in a car seat when the accident occurred.

Rivera ran from the scene but was apprehended in the 1000 block of Onslow Street by Durham County Sheriff's investigator Spencer Chamberlain.

Rivera, who was not injured, is being charged with death by motor vehicle and felony hit-and-run.

Hall was extricated from the Jeep by Durham firefighters.

The Jeep was a total loss, and the Escort sustained moderate damage. Traffic was blocked at the intersection for approximately two hours.


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