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One killed, one charged in wreck on I-40

Posted March 31, 2010
Updated April 5, 2010

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— The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged a driver Wednesday afternoon with causing the death of another in a wreck Interstate 40 east of Interstate 540 in Durham County.

Gifford Daniel Scott, 48, of 304 Glendale Drive in Chapel Hill, sideswiped a Chevy Corsica as he attempted to change lanes, troopers said. The Corsica hit the guardrail on the left, flipped and came to rest on its roof. The driver died.

The driver of the Corsica, 50-year-old David Sullivan Jr. of Cary, was killed.

Scott faces a charge of misdemeanor death by vehicle.

The wreck, which happened shortly before 1:30 p.m., reduced traffic on eastbound I-40 to two lanes while authorities investigated and until the roadway could be cleared.

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  • NCStatePack Apr 2, 2010

    "I've heard reports from witnesses saying the guy was carelessly and wrecklessly driving, and it's easy to believe, considering the kind of car he was in (Mazda Speed 3)." -veryrare

    A Mazda 3 is hardly a car I'd expect someone to drive wrecklessly in. What on earth on you talking about?

  • veryrareowenhart Apr 1, 2010

    I've heard reports from witnesses saying the guy was carelessly and wrecklessly driving, and it's easy to believe, considering the kind of car he was in (Mazda Speed 3). If witnesses can come forth and accurately claim that the guy was driving like an idiot, he most certainly deserves more than a misdemeanor charge. That's insulting to the family of the victim and it's just not what I'd call justice.

  • boobookitty83 Apr 1, 2010

    RIP David

  • pulstar40 Apr 1, 2010

    There's no evidence yet that speeding or cell phone use was involved. It easily could have been that the driver looked in all the mirrors and went to change lanes. Forgot all about the "blind spot", where the vehicle next to you can easily be hidden. So many forget that you actually need to turn around and look before you make your move.

  • flyguync Mar 31, 2010

    What a terrible tragedy. It only shows that we need to pay more attention to our driving, especially on a busy highway. Hang up and drive if your a compulsive cell user!!!!

  • twc Mar 31, 2010

    Take that extra second to make sure no one is beside you before changing lanes.

    And forget the ignorant remarks about LEO!

  • Shadow213 Mar 31, 2010

    I drove by this, too, minutes after it occurred. A tarp was over the upside down car...always a bad sign :-(

  • starrider99 Mar 31, 2010

    I rode by in the westbound lanes about 30 minutes after the wreck happened. One of the vehicles was upside down resting on its roof in the left hand lane.

  • Surrey Hills Mar 31, 2010

    Dougdeep...AMEN!

  • dougdeep Mar 31, 2010

    Queue the speculation from folks who think they're better/safer drivers than everyone else. Five under in the left lane does not make you a safer driver.

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