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Two killed, one injured in Durham wreck

Posted August 25, 2009
Updated August 26, 2009

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— Two people were killed and a third was injured in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Old Oxford Highway, east of Craven Street, in northern Durham.

wreck Police: Speed contributed to deadly wreck

The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. when an eastbound 2004 Nissan Maxima driven by Marcus Rogers, 19, of Ruth Street, ran off the right side of the road, police said.

The vehicle then went out of control, struck a ditch, flipped over numerous times and landed in the woods, police said. All three occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

Destinee Taylor, 16, and Demonte Antwann Cissell, 22, both of Durham, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Rogers was listed in critical condition Wednesday at Duke University Hospital. Police were given incorrect information late Tuesday that Rogers had died from his injuries.

Taylor was a student at Hillside High School in Durham.

"She was a fine girl.  We loved her," said her grandfather, Tony Vaughn.

"She loved her family," said her cousin, Denise McKever. "She would want nothing else but than to be with her family right now."

EMS workers at first feared a baby may have been thrown from the car after finding an empty car seat.

“We just went over and over the area to take every precaution humanly possible to make sure that no one else was in this crash,” EMS worker Kevin Wilson said.

Speed was a factor in the wreck, police said.


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  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    Parents assume nothing - lay down the law to your young teenage drivers before its too late.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    This is a tragic reminder that speed kills, but it was the passengers who were killed. It's hard enough to convince the person behind the wheel to drive the speed limit. How do you convince teens to speak up about it from the passengers' seats?
    jackflash123

    Speeding certainly do kill. But if the young friends know the driver is hazard in driving they should not even get in the vechicle. Maybe parents should not allow their children to have anyone in the car/truck when they are driving. The driver that survived will be responsible for those that lost their life too. They were in his car. I hope the driver's family had insurance. The other family are going to knock on their dook if they haven't already.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    We all see these kinds of accidents or wrecks all the time involving teens. What are you going to do about it so it will not happen to your teenagers? Talk is cheap - but action speak loudly. You are the parent and in charge so start showing your young teen something strong.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    Parents know how your young teenagers are driving, by following them, and asking friends to do the same. When they are away from you they do crazy things on the roads. When they pass away, you will not be able to as one question.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    It always seems as if the passengers get killed and the driver lives,

    Whatever! It was tragic all around. Pray for the families.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    Great job updating this story WRAL!
    Journey985

    No matter how WRAL brings the news, people like you are going to complain and complain. There is just no satisfying you. Is there? Go find a good book to read like "Picking Cotton." I read it one day. Its in your local library right now. You may even learn something from the book and the people who wrote it.

  • Professor Aug 26, 2009

    So sad to hear this. When will the young people learn that speeding can end their life quickly as it was in this case. Slow down as the speed signs says and obey the rules of the roads. My condolences to all the families.

  • Journey985 Aug 26, 2009

    I thought I heard on the 11 O'clock news..funny enough on WRAl, that the third victim passed away at the hospital??????? Great job updating this story WRAL!

  • Kimbby Aug 26, 2009

    It always seems as if the passengers get killed and the driver lives, I hope that the driver learns his lesson after this and drives the speed limit and wears a seatbelt.

  • Jack Flash Aug 26, 2009

    This is a tragic reminder that speed kills, but it was the passengers who were killed. It's hard enough to convince the person behind the wheel to drive the speed limit. How do you convince teens to speak up about it from the passengers' seats?

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