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Durham Man Killed In Wreck On N.C. 147

Posted January 17, 2003 9:34 a.m. EST

— A Durham man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck on N.C. 147 early Friday morning.

Durham police said Robert Jay Van Denend, 48, of 2007 Englewood Ave., was driving on N.C. 147 at an excessive speed around 2:25 a.m. when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck in a curve.

Van Denend was trying to merge on to Interstate 85 South when his pickup ran off the highway to the right and struck a utility pole. The pickup then went through a fence and struck two large pine trees, investigators said.

Van Denend, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, according to investigators. Weather was also a factor because the highway was slick due to snow and ice.

Police said the pickupwas a total loss. The truck matched the description of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident earlier Friday in Durham.