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Durham hit-and-run a mystery for investigators

Posted July 13, 2010 2:52 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2010 7:54 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still seeking information in a case where a woman might have been hit by as many as four vehicles and her car turned up more than 5 miles away.

Kara Clark, 22, of Durham, was leaving a friend's Club Boulevard house around 10 p.m. Friday when she was struck, trooper Michael Stuart said Tuesday.

A passing motorist found her at the intersection of Club Boulevard and East Geer Street and called 911. Clark was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon at Duke University Hospital, investigators said.

Durham police found her white 1999 Toyota Solara Tuesday afternoon at the end of Troy Street, which is 5.3 miles from where Clark was found, according to Google Maps.

Investigators say it's unclear just what might have happened.

"There are a lot of possibilities," Stuart said.

It was dark on the street, he said, and it's possible that the drivers might not have realized they hit a person.

The driver who saw Clark told troopers that she initially didn't process what was happening.

"Once she realized it was a person lying in the road, she stopped and called 911," Stuart said.

In the call, released by investigators Tuesday afternoon, the driver says she was behind the vehicles that hit Clark and that they did not stop.

She said Clark had a broken leg and was bleeding from her head.

The friend Clark had been visiting said she didn't see Clark leave and did not know if she was with anyone. She told troopers she heard Clark screaming.

Investigators also aren't sure how the car ended up on Troy Street, if it was stolen or if it could have been one of the vehicles that hit her.

"That is a possibility that we are looking into," Stuart said. "(The car) could contain some key pieces of evidence that we are looking for that could help find out who may have been with her or who may know what happened."

Investigators urge anyone who might have seen the car – it has tinted windows and a pink palmetto on the back window that reads "Carolina Girl – or has any information about the case to call the Highway Patrol in Durham at 919-733-3861 or *HP on a cellular phone.