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Two injured in Durham hit-and-run crash

Posted April 28, 2013

— Two people were injured Saturday night in a hit-and-run crash on Angier Avenue in Durham.

David Thomas Waller, 53, and Sylvia Humphrey, 54, were walking near Commonwealth Street around 9 p.m. when a van struck Waller from behind and threw him against Humphrey, police said. The van did not stop.

Waller was hospitalized with injuries and was listed in fair condition at Duke University Hospital Sunday afternoon. Humphrey was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police are looking for a late 1990s or early 2000s dark blue Dodge Caravan with damage to the right side mirror and window and a missing front headlight.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919-560-4935, extension 29411, or Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • ok_then Apr 30, 2013

    milro50 - I am very sorry about your loss.

  • milro50 Apr 29, 2013

    The male individual that was injured in this hit and run accident is my brother. I live in California. My siblings that live in the Raleigh/Durham area; notified me within 2 hours after the accident happened. I am totally devastated. Regardless of what leaded up to the accident; Hit and run is a crime. I pray to God that the police find this person, or persons that mowed down my brother. I am a California Nurse, and this happens to often.
    Please be kind with your comments. Pray for my brother David Waller. I am in the process of flying to North Carolina.
    Thank you

  • CricketGayle Apr 29, 2013

    I do hope they find the driver and prosecute him/her to the fullest extent of the law.

    Upon saying that though, I have noticed a disturbing trend in people walking/running the roads. I was always taught that if you are walking on the road, you should oppose traffic, so you could see the oncoming traffic and move out of the roadway. Recently, I am noticing more and more people walking/running WITH traffic, and many of them are wearing earphones while doing so. That people don't grasp the danger of this completely astounds me. Not being able to see (and with earphones not hearing, either) the traffic in the lane is an accident waiting to happen.

    While I don't claim to know that this is the case in this incident, the fact that they were struck from behind leads me to believe that they were indeed walking with traffic instead of against it.

    Again, I do hope that they prosecute the driver, but I would love to see the media address the dangers of walking with traffic.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 29, 2013

    Sad when you can't even walk around here without the chance of an unlicensed or intoxicated driver mowing you down and leaving you for dead.

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 29, 2013

    I'm sorry but you don't understand the mind set of the people who do this stuff. Such a law wouldn't make a difference in their actions however it would help prevent them from doing it again if they were still in prison serving time for the first time they did something awful. It's the same situation with repeat violent offenders. Your not going to change their behavior the only thing that can be done it to protect the public by keeping them in prison. This is very expensive however when it's taken in to account that when released they are costing everyone so much money in theft harm and government resources find and prosecuting them again and again it's actually saves resources to just keep them where they belong like they used to.

  • babedan Apr 29, 2013

    Until, a law is in place for a mandatory 10 years in jail for the hit and run plus additional time for the injuries caused this will continue to happen. It's time to make the penalty for leaving the scene harsh enough to make staying around worth the wait.