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One killed, seven injured in Durham wreck

Posted April 9, 2012

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— Police suspect a Durham man was impaired by alcohol and speeding during a head-on collision Saturday night that killed him and injured seven people, including his daughter and son.

Mark Earl Henry, 42, was driving a 2012 Buick SUV, with five passengers, north in the 1200 block of Junction Road around 10:40 p.m. when he "improperly" tried to pass another vehicle, according to the wreck report.

The report states that Henry crossed the center line going 65 mph in a 45-mph zone, and his SUV slammed into a southbound sedan. The SUV ran off the road into a ditch, and the car came to a stop in the roadway.

The wrecked vehicles trapped Henry; his 16-year-old daughter Markiria; his 9-year-old son Mark Jr.; the car driver, Crystal Lashone Bright, 29; and her passenger, 2-year-old Datrell Umstead. They had to be rescued.

Henry, who was not wearing a seat belt, died of his injuries. His five passengers, Bright and Umstead were all taken to Durham Regional Medical Center.

Bright and Markiria had serious injuries. Datrell, Henry's son and his other three female passengers – ages 21, 19 and 15 – suffered minor injuries.

Police are awaiting the results of alcohol tests on Henry.

No charges have been filed.

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  • smeroney Apr 9, 2012

    I don't understand the part about "no charges have been filed". The person at fault according to the story is dead.

  • LocalYokel Apr 9, 2012

    Why do you call this an "accident" sfate61? Would you say it is an "accident" that the sun is bright and that ice is cold?

    If you drive 20MPH over the limit, pass improperly, and drive drunk then its no "accident" that you crash, kill, and injure.

  • dwr1964 Apr 9, 2012

    This is an unusual outcome. In most cases, the drunk driver is the one unharmed while the innocent public gets the short end of the stick. Congrats to this guy for putting clorox in his own gene pool.

  • sfate61 Apr 9, 2012

    please if you live in the Durham area and take that road that is a 45mph and a no passing. please slow down on that road there is a hill which is a blind spot and hard to see any cars coming over and then it is to late.

  • sfate61 Apr 9, 2012

    I live right where that accident happen. The sedan was across the road in the neighbors yard and the SUV was in my next door neighbors driveway just inches from his front porch. When it happen we heard a loud exposion and we ran outside and the first thing I saw was smoke then the car across the road. About a minute later I heard the 15 yr old screaming for help. When I got over to the SUV there were 2 girls and the little boy sitting on the steps on the porch. The motor was on fire but with the help of my husband,my son and brother and my neighbor a few doors down they put that out.I stayed with the 15 yr old till they got over there to cut her out.From what I understood the father was fussing with the little boy plus he was driving to fast for that area anyway took his eyes off the road and when he turn back around he was on the wrong side of the road. that is a 45 mph road and just back about 2 months ago there was another head on collision close to that same spot. Please if you liv

  • chattycat Apr 9, 2012

    They 'suspect' the driver was impaired by alcohol but they don't have the toxicology report back yet. Did someone in the car tell the police he had been drinking? How did they come up with this determination?

    Ambygirl

    Well, lets examine this. Could have been containers of alcohol in the vehicle, maybe they smelled alcohol on the deceased, and maybe these passengers told the LE that driver had been drinking. I bet those alcohol tests come back positive.

  • nissan4life Apr 9, 2012

    Well, that's one less sorry GM vehicle on the road.

  • Ambygirl Apr 9, 2012

    They 'suspect' the driver was impaired by alcohol but they don't have the toxicology report back yet. Did someone in the car tell the police he had been drinking? How did they come up with this determination?

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Apr 9, 2012

    In response to iknowjack: I am a single mother of three so yes I do have a family and as I said why would you get in a car with an intoxicated individual? I was taught better than that especially for the 16 and 21 year old. There is no excuse except maybe a gun being held to their head. They had a right to say no and a right to call 911, when he pulled off alone.

  • wayneboyd Apr 9, 2012

    Say it ain't so, only smoking and driving kills!!!

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