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Two die in serious crash north of Durham

Posted August 1
Updated August 4

Law enforcement had cordoned off an area about one mile long on Patterson Road just north of N.C. Highway 98 (Wake Forest Highway) just after 6 p.m.

— Two people died Friday night in a vehicle crash initially sparked by a drug investigation north of Durham. 

Durham police were asked to help the Drug Enforcement Administration with a traffic stop, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Officers pulled the vehicle over, but the driver sped away but crashed, head-on into another vehicle just after 6 p.m. on Patterson Road just north of N.C. Highway 98 (Wake Forest Highway). 

Angel Leuis Santana, 52, the driver of the DEA's target vehicle and Tamara White, 55, the driver of the other car died in the crash, police said. The report on the crash noted that Santana was traveling at about 120 mph when he hit White.

Witnesses said the response included Durham police and sheriff's deputies, members of the State Highway Patrol and K-9 units. About a mile of Patterson Road was cordoned off for hours as the crash investigation continued.

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