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Durham Authorites Investigate Highway Shooting

Posted May 27, 2003 11:04 a.m. EDT

— Durham police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 70 near the Geer Street exit.

Authorities say three vehicles, including a green Chevrolet Cavalier, were heading west on U.S. 70 around 2:15 p.m. when the Cavalier struck the two other vehicles. The Cavalier then ran off the left side of the road and slid down an embankment toward Geer Street.

The driver of the Cavalier was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say he was shot in the head.

Durham police have identified the victim as David Ferrell, 37, of 921 Riverbark Lane in Durham.

Lt. Norman Blake of the Durham Police Department said the investigation is not a homicide investigation. Police have only referred to it as a death investigation.

Blake said police do not know the circumstances around the shooting, and therefore, it can not be called a homicide investigation.

According to police, Ferrell was alone in the car at the time of the shooting. At the point where the wreck happened, the highway was down to one lane.

Ferrell's window was shattered. The glass was found on Highway 70, where the skid marks start and then veer off into the grass and down the embankment

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at


or the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at