Authorities: Driver Killed In Capital Boulevard Chase Had Cocaine In Blood
Posted January 16, 2003 8:01 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck who was killed in a chase that ended in a wreck along Capital Boulevard Wednesday morning may have been using drugs.
Preliminary tests revealed the presence of cocaine in 26-year-old Vanessa Dorman's blood and drug paraphernalia was located on Dorman and in the vehicle, according to the Highway Patrol.
The state Highway Patrol said Trooper B. C. Davis observed a black Toyota pickup truck speeding on Buffaloe Road in Wake County. The trooper attempted to stop the pickup truck; however, investigators said Dorman attempted to elude arrest.
During the pursuit, Dorman stopped and let two female passengers from the vehicle. The passengers left the scene in an unknown vehicle.
The Highway Patrol said Dorman continued to travel south on Capital Boulevard and was the only person in the vehicle. As the vehicle approached I-440 on Capital Boulevard, Dorman, traveling at high rate of speed, lost control and struck the guardrail on the left shoulder.
The vehicle entered back onto Capital Boulevard and overturned, throwing the unrestrained driver out of the vehicle. The vehicle then continued down Capital Boulevard and hit the bridge overpass at Interstate 440 around 10:45 a.m.
Several passing vehicles were damaged as a result.
"When the truck flipped over, a lot of the poles from the bridge fell down and hit my truck, went into the street and ran over it. I ducked and drove off to the side," witness Mike Trowbridge said.
Dorman was transported to WakeMed where she died.
A section of road was closed for several hours and traffic was backed up along Capital Boulevard as crews investigated the scene and cleared debris from the road.