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Durham Police Identify Victim in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Posted January 16, 2007
Updated January 18, 2007

Authorities are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in Durham involving two cars and a pedestrian.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Englewood Avenue and Duke Street. Police said Deborah Culmer was walking down a slight hill on Duke Street when she was hit by the first car.

Investigators believe that car dragged Culmer several yards closer to the intersection. Afterward, police believe, she was hit by a second car.

It was not immediately known which collision killed Culmer. Residents near the scene said the driver of the first car circled the block at least once and checked the car for damage before leaving the scene.

Authorities have a working description of one of the vehicles involved in the accident.

If you have any information about the case, you are asked to contact Durham police at 919-560-4440.

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  • dacoty Jan 16, 2007

    ksdavis - this issue is not about the east end corridor! it's about people just hitting pedestrians in the street and leaving them there to die.

  • diwanicki Jan 16, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Turn yourself in and help police, her family and yourself.

  • hollylama Jan 16, 2007

    Well at least there were witnesses that can identify the car that left the scene.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jan 16, 2007

    How do you hit anything, let alone someone and just leave? You come back, and leave again? You dont call for help? Even if it is a false alarm? Better safe than sorry. Sick!

  • crash Jan 16, 2007

    What a terrible thing. To not only get hit once by a car but twice. To think the person driving one of the cars got out to inspect the damage to the car. I really think people now a days are very heartless and very cruel. Cared more about the car than the human that was hit. How sad, but we live in a sad sad world.

  • outraged3 Jan 16, 2007

    And again I say what the hell is wrong with people? So they just left her there to die? What cruel Monsters. Hopefully these monsters will turn themselves in, if not I don't know how they could live with themselves. May God give her family and friend the strength they need at this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers.

  • Durham-Raleigh Jan 16, 2007

    I live a couple of blocks south from where this happens on Duke Street. I feel sick at heart for this poor women and her family.

    The Trinity Park Neighborhood Association tried without success to get NC DOT (which maintains this road) and the city to add traffic calming to Duke and Gregson. The city was not willing to take over road maintenance from NC DOT, which would have allowed a lowering of the speed limit and the addition of traffic calming. At the same time, the failure of multiple levels of government to complete the East End Connector -- which would remove much of the excess traffic from Duke, Gregson, Roxboro and Mangum -- means we'll now be waiting at least 5-6 more years for a real solution.

    It should not take a tragedy like this to bring attention to the issue.