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Durham Man Killed In Traffic Accident

Posted December 16, 2003

— A Durham man died Monday morning when the pickup truck he was riding in slid on a patch of ice and collided with another pickup truck on South Miami Boulevard near Stirrup Creek Drive.

Durham police said the accident happened around 7:30 a.m. when a southbound 1991 Toyota truck driven by Jose Efrain Vasquez Gutierrez, 26, hit a patch of ice, went out of control and slid sideways into the path of a northbound 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Matthew Patrick Lake, 34, of Holly Springs. The front of Lake's truck collided with the passenger side of the Toyota.

A 26-year-old man, identified as Jose Evenor Arqueta Galves of 2920 Chapel Hill Road, was sitting in the right rear passenger seat of the Toyota. He was trapped inside the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges had been filed by midday Tuesday. But the accident remained under investigation.

Gregorio Hernandez, 38, was sitting in the right front passenger seat of the Toyota truck and suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment.

Gutierrez was not injured. Lake was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said there was no evidence of excessive speed. No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation.

The accident tied up traffic on South Miami Boulevard for more than two hours.

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