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Durham police find woman's body on I-40 after hit-and-run

Posted February 10, 2010

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— Durham police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened on Interstate 40 East near Exit 276 Wednesday morning.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a deer in the roadway around 6:18 a.m. When they arrived, they found a woman's body on the highway. Authorities have not identified the woman.

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Police say the woman was driving a Toyota in the far right eastbound lane of I-40 when she struck the side or tire of a tractor-trailer in the next lane. The impact caused the woman's car to go off the right side of the highway and hit a guardrail. The vehicle stopped on the shoulder.

Investigators believe the woman got out of her vehicle and walked into the middle of I-40 East where she was struck by multiple vehicles. The first vehicle that hit her did not remain at the scene.

I-40 East was reduced to down two lanes between N.C. Highway 751 and Fayetteville Road for about five hours while crews cleared the scene.

No other information was released. 


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  • ncmickey Feb 11, 2010

    If her airbags deployed that is enough force to make anyone dazed. Maybe thats what caused the wandering into the road.

  • SouthernLady05 Feb 11, 2010

    "RB - How do they know SHE hit the tractor-trailor and not the other way around, considering no one stopped to help her?"

    The authorities have determined that she side swiped the tractor trailor based on the damage to her vehicle (News & Observer). They also have said that they doubt a tractor trailor would have even known they had been hit. Basically she just brushed the rig, what's confusing is what happened next?

  • java323 Feb 11, 2010

    RB - How do they know SHE hit the tractor-trailor and not the other way around, considering no one stopped to help her? It's still hit and run for the first vehicle. A second hit-and-run killed her in the road. I wonder how they identified her as a woman so quickly if the scene was as gruesome as every one is saying?

  • Adelinthe Feb 11, 2010

    java323 - "...the truck or tactor-trailer that pushed her off the road and the second vehicle that hit her, which should have significant damage."

    The story today says SHE hit the trailer or the trailer's tire and then veered off the road.

    It also says she was subsequently run over by several other vehicles, reportedly thinking it was a dead deer in the road - but surely the first vehicle that hit her while she was standing in the middle of the highway had to know she was a human.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Feb 11, 2010

    From what I heard yesterday morning, people initially driving by thought it was the remains of a dead deer in the road, it was so mangled from multiple run-overs, and it wasn't until a cop got on the scene later that it was identified as human.

    The cops weren't in a hurry to get there, cause it was being identified as a dead deer.

    I can't even imagine what her family are going through.

    Praying for all of her loved ones. Poor things!!!

    God bless.


  • durham_nc Feb 11, 2010

    WRAL, please post a follow up story or additional information when it is available. I would like to know what the investigators concluded.

    My sympathies go out to the family and friends of the person who lost her life.

  • hollylama Feb 11, 2010

    jahalsey....just wondering what other horrific things you've seen?

  • lissarra Feb 11, 2010

    I've been thinking about this story all day. It could happen to anyone! My thoughts are with her families and with those who had to experience witnessing the aftermath.

  • kbo80 Feb 11, 2010

    This story does need to be updated. I keep coming back to see and I'm getting nothing. Who what when where why and how? Then when I left work yesterday I drove over the scene, I was so not trying to do that. But I could not get over.

  • debk589 Feb 11, 2010

    There are so many possibilities here, it just breaks my heart. Anyone know how old she was? Elderly possibly? She may have been on the verge of a diabetic coma or something, I mean, anything is possible. This is just too horrible for words. I'm so thankful I wasn't one of the people who drove by right afterwards...it sounds like what was there may give some PTSD