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One dead, one hurt in Durham crash

Posted June 2, 2014

One person died in a single-vehicle crash June 2, 2014, along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Durham, police said.
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— A driver was killed and his passenger hurt in a single-vehicle crash early Monday in Durham, police said.

The crash happened about 3:45 a.m. at the U.S. 15-501 bypass and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway extension.

Police said Franco Juan Sanchez, 33, of Durham, was driving a 2002 Subaru Legacy north on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard when he tried to exit onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. But Sanchez veered left off the road, went airborne, hit a concrete wall and landed on the bypass.

He died at the scene.

Sanchez's passenger, Edward Frye Mitchell III, 24, of Durham, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Police said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway was blocked from U.S. 15-501 to University Drive for several hours following the crash.

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  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Jun 2, 2014

    What's it going to take to stop people from driving drunk (or otherwise impaired)? Fully automatic cars, and laws against operating a vehicle under manual control on a public road. Thank God that we're making visible progress toward that goal, because nothing else has worked, or ever will.

  • btneast Jun 2, 2014

    [bnot sure WHAT it will take for people to learn......][/b] People learn, and they know......but once alcohol is in the system, reasoning and judgment goes out the window, as well as reflexes, motor control. It is illogical to expect an intoxicated person to make a sound judgment about driving. I know of two people that were driven home and put to bed drunk, but got up afterwards and drove off. One went through many operations and has artificial hips, the other is dead.

  • marciamal1 Jun 2, 2014

    I've seen too many car related accidents in the news lately involving speed / alcohol - i agree- what is it going to take for drivers to learn that these two factors dont mix with driving - this is expected when you go out drinking and get behind the wheel - the passenger survived but, it could have been another car involved too - why go out and drink and endanger someone elses' life . BE RESPONSIBILE!!!!

  • Walkin Man Jun 2, 2014

    What amazes me is that with al the fancy gadgets in cars today, they refuse to place something in all cars that would prevent people from driving drunk. Unfortunately, most of these drunk drivers kill innocent people.

  • mike275132 Jun 2, 2014

    But Sanchez veered left off the road, went airborne, hit a concrete wall and landed on the bypass.Police said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

    Ya think ?

  • Fred Garner Jun 2, 2014
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    My thoughts exactly. And that's the TRUE blessing.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 2, 2014

    People will never learn...

    At least Sanchez didn't take any innocent people with him.

  • Cheree Teasley Jun 2, 2014
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    They probably thought they were having a great time until things went wrong. It's a sad end, but we have to be glad no one else got hurt.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 2, 2014
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    not sure WHAT it will take for people to learn......maybe they never will.

    Condolences to the family of both

  • Kristin Byrne Jun 2, 2014
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    Sadly, my first thought as I watched this on the news this morning is that it was probably alcohol related. I really wish people would learn that alcohol and motor vehicles don't mix.