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On Second Thought, Man Did Die From Wreck

Posted April 10, 2007

— Less than a day after declaring that a man who died in a traffic accident had been murdered, Durham police determined Monday evening that the man actually did die in a wreck.

Officers were dispatched the scene of a wreck in the parking lot of Chesterfield Apartments, 1808 Chapel Hill Road, shortly after midnight Monday and found a man in his 20s lying next to a vehicle, police said.

The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation revealed the man had been in an altercation on House Avenue before the wreck and suffered head injuries, police said. After first investigating the case as a homicide, police said numerous interviews with witnesses, a re-examination of the scene and the results of an autopsy indicated that the man died as a result of the wreck.

Following the altercation, he got in the back of a sedan driven by an acquaintance, police said. The driver hit a ditch culvert on Morehead Avenue near Rex Street and then struck a tree before driving to Chesterfield Apartments, police said.

The man wasn't wearing a seat belt, police said.


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  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Apr 11, 2007

    I remember the first time I had an "altercation" and then got in the car with someone who couldn't drive....

  • blindasabat Apr 11, 2007

    Another quality Durham investigation

  • JUNKMAN Apr 11, 2007


  • juchushu Apr 10, 2007

    This murdurham garbage is so 5th grade. Seriously. Grow up. Everywhere is like this. I think it just must BLOW YOUR MIND that *gasp* someone didn't get their brains blown out in Durham ... that *slaps forehead* people actually do wreck their cars!!!!!

  • This_way_2_common_sense Apr 10, 2007

    Hey guys. you know the power of the media will never cease to amaze me.... Lets look at the facts in this story...1st we know there was a physical altercation in which the victim was involved in, furthermore receiving bodily harm! 2nd This same man was found dead on the same night of this altercation just minutes later at another location! It doesnt take a rocket scientist to conclude that the people this young man had the so called beef with....probally came back to finish him off. As for the media including the information about the car accident... Pure strategy by the police....It's obvious to me, that the police suspect foul play and actually probally have a few suspects in mind......So in order not to tip the badguys off and risk having them flee...they decided to revert the statement in order to have a better investigation...Great tactic for police work, but I think the american people are tired of Government officials using the media to circumvent certain situations.

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    "Safety rules" are just that! RULES. They shouldn't be LAWS! They are "busybody" laws!

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    What a MORON! First _you_ say to wait till all of the facts are in and next you say that _you_ are SURE that the seatbelt would have saved him. As I said, what a MAROON!

  • JessGH Apr 10, 2007

    Folks have been watching too much CSI. You can die from very simple blows to the head that don't involve a conspiracy. You also bleed a LOT from the head, so it probably looked like a heck of a beating at first. The police should probably have waited to offer any theories until the autopsy was done.
    And what the heck with the "seatbelt facists?" Calm down, bubba. This guy would still be alive if he'd been wearing one. Although, I suppose we should make all safety rules null and void if they itch our neck or wrinkle our shirts.

  • mony8997 Apr 10, 2007

    Oh, I don't know. Maybe because I observe them on a daily basis. A standard autopsy takes less than an hour. Yes, there are cases, when there is a lot of trauma for example, when they can go longer. But my point was to the idiot who thought there was a big conspiracy because the article said there was an autopsy done in a day.

  • ladiip2 Apr 10, 2007

    I am with you Munchie. Something doesn't sound right. The car he was lying next to couldn't have been the one he was riding in if so how did it hit a ditch, a tree, keep driving and still drive off for this man to get out and just fall dead right next to a car? Sounds like a cover up??????