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Two injured when car hits utility poles, fire hydrant in Durham

Posted October 1, 2014

Two people were injured early Wednesday in a single-car wreck on Old Oxford Road in Durham, police said.
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— Two people were injured early Wednesday in a single-car wreck on Old Oxford Road in Durham, police said.

Investigators said 24-year-old Timothy Stevens lost control of a 2014 Dodge Charger that had been reported stolen while traveling east on Old Oxford Road between Danube Lane and Dearborn Drive.

The car ran off the right side of the road and hit two utility poles, a water meter and a fire hydrant before flipping and coming to rest in a wooded area.

Stevens, of Durham, was taken to Duke University Hospital with serious injuries. He was in critical condition Wednesday morning.

Destinee Linder, also of Durham, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, Durham police said. An investigation of the wreck is ongoing, and authorities said charges are pending.

Crews closed Old Oxford Road overnight to repair the utility poles and fire hydrant.

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  • Justin Case Oct 1, 2014
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    Now these two just need to find a lawyer that will sue the owner of the car for it having too much horsepower and not enough traction after they stole it and got drunk. I'm sure there's a lawyer out there that will take the case. ;-)

  • Thomas Hannan Oct 1, 2014
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    JUSTONEGODLESSTHANU - "Does anyone know if drivers are required to pay for public property damage after an accident like this?"

    In most cases, the persons' insurance is billed for the damage. In a case like this, however, because the car was stolen the city would probably have to sue the driver.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 1, 2014

    Does anyone know if drivers are required to pay for public property damage after an accident like this?

    Or, do we taxpayers foot the bill...even though drivers have insurance for property damage?