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Driver sought in Durham fatal hit-and-run

Posted August 26, 2012

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— A 34-year-old Durham man died early Sunday after being hit by a car while walking in the 2900 block of Holloway street. 

According to police, Israel Lopez was walking across the road around 2:30 a.m. when he was hit. Lopez died at the scene. 

Police said they found the four-door sedan that hit Lopez Sunday morning in a Food Lion parking lot a few miles away. It's unclear if the car was stolen. 

Lopez's friends told WRAL News Sunday evening that he was a good man who worked hard. 

"All I can tell you is that he was a real good friend," Rene Mata said. "He went to work every day, he worked hard and took care of his friends."

No other details were released. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run should call Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • Pepe Silvia Aug 27, 2012

    Uhavenoclu, what a horrible thing to say. Would you feel better if the news found someone who didn't like him and said so? Would that make his death less tragic?

  • Uhavenoclu Aug 27, 2012

    Lopez's friends told WRAL News Sunday evening that he was a good man who worked hard.

    That is what everyone says when someone "They Know",dies...I want to hear from people who really knew him outside of the family and friends,it's always one sided and biased.
    I do hope the family the best and sorry for their loss.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 27, 2012

    Praying that the officers will get this man and bring justice to him. My condolences to the family and friends in their loss.

  • Scubagirl Aug 27, 2012

    What's with this rash of hit and run drivers???? What cowards, and that's putting it politely!

  • shoutntime Aug 27, 2012

    This is really sadning. I used to work in Durham and made the drive from Wake Forest down Hwy98/Holloway Rd. My heart goes out to his family and friends as I was touched by the emotions his friend was going through during the interview.

    Somebody had to see something or knows something, do the right thing and call the police.