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Police seek info on wreck that killed Chapel Hill football player

Posted December 10, 2008

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— Crime Stoppers is seeking more information about a Nov. 16 hit-and-run wreck that left a Chapel Hill High football player dead.

Rodney Torain, 17, died when the car in which he was riding crashed into a tree.

Police say the accident occurred on Old Greensboro Highway near Neville Road in Orange County early Nov. 16.

Shortly after the accident, Ashley Bynum, 18, told troopers she was driving Torain and Laticia Farrington, 17, when she noticed a car, occupied by several men, was following them closely.

When she tried to turn around, Bynum told troopers, the following car tried to pass, side-swiping her. She over-corrected and ran off the road into a tree.

Bynum and Farrington, both of whom were wearing seatbelts, were treated for their injuries at a hospital and released Sunday.

Torain suffered a head injury and died.

According to law enforcement, the suspect’s vehicle was described as a small gold or silver four door, possibly occupied by several Hispanic individuals.

The suspect’s vehicle is believed to have followed the car Torain was in for a distance, investigators said.

The suspect’s vehicle should have damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

A minimum reward of $300 is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.


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  • IDontCare6 Dec 11, 2008

    Or any 18 year old girl for that matter.

  • IDontCare6 Dec 11, 2008

    I doubt a 18 year old black girl pulled up beside a car full of Hispanic men and said, "you wanna race". Please, a mind is a terrible thing to waste!

  • Doctor McDookie Dec 10, 2008

    who wants to bet that in the end it will be determined that the two were racing and they accidently touched, which caused the accident.