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Worker Killed in Construction Accident

Posted February 13, 2007

— A construction worker was killed Tuesday morning in a work-site accident in downtown Durham.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. inside a building at the Liggett & Myers construction project at West Main and Fuller streets, police said.

Derrick Pilgrim, 35, of 1204 E. Club Blvd., a worker for Big Dog Demolition Co. was doing some demolition work inside a two-story building that used to house Liggett & Myers administrative offices when a wall collapsed on him, police said.

Pilgrim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The historic tobacco warehouse complex is undergoing renovations as developers convert it into shops, offices and residential units.

Durham police and state Department of Labor investigators were at the work site investigating the incident Tuesday afternoon.


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  • inmyopinion3 Feb 13, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  • sandstonephoto Feb 13, 2007

    I happen to have known this gentleman and he was kind, generous and overall a good person. To assume he was an illegal immigrant or anything else during a time like this is uncalled for. It doesn't matter....Someone lost their friend and also a husband and relative. In honor of his memory, I ask that those with good hearts pray for those who knew him.

  • Mookers Feb 13, 2007

    Did the person who made the stupid comment about this man's race actually read his surname? Since when is "Pilgrim" a name for someone who's illegal? Illegal from where? England!

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 13, 2007

    Fellow Americans...learn to spell! "Boardes" for borders, "Vegie" for Veggie, "illigales" for illegals, "wadging" for waging. Anyway, this is so sad. Condolences to the family.

  • packandcanesfan Feb 13, 2007

    Another sad tragedy. He leaves his loved ones for a regular workday and doesn't come home. Sad.

  • rochelleking Feb 13, 2007

    who cares if this man was illegal or not... a life is gone unexpectly and i feel for his family and friends... we are here today and gone tomorrow so wake up people before it's too late!

  • homeimprovement Feb 13, 2007

    What an awful tragedy. My prayers go out to them and their family.

  • kcfoxie Feb 13, 2007

    I'm glad WRAL is monitoring these forums now. At any rate, it is sad to see someone die even if they were not here legally, which we don't know if that is the case. On the other side of the same coin, we are sure fast to deport them if they kill one of "our own" who has a right to live here.

  • sweet4you Feb 13, 2007

    very sad

  • St Ives Feb 13, 2007

    I too missed the ncsucampus comments. I find it sad that so much hate is spreading in this country. If we closed the boardes tomorrow the fruit and vegie crops would rot on the ground as is happening in states where the citizens are wadging a hate campaign against illigales.
    A life is gone, that is the point, not his race, color or status.