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Man killed crossing 15-501 in Durham

Posted September 29, 2009 7:09 a.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2009 11:26 a.m. EDT

— A man died around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday while attempting to walk across U.S. Highway 15-501 at Mt. Moriah Road in Durham, police said. 

Eric Franklin Simpson, 27, of Estes Drive in Carrboro, was crossing the highway toward New Hope Commons Shopping Center when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Vernon Chris Worley, 31, of Mebane, police said.

Simpson was going to his job at Barnes & Noble in New Hope Commons Shopping Center, according to investigators. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Worley was not injured.

Investigators said they do not plan to file charges against Worley.

"There are no crosswalks at that intersection and it was still dark when the accident happened," police said in a statement.