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One Killed, Two Injured In Durham Accident

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham resident was killed and two others were injured following an one-car traffic accident early Monday morning.

According to Durham police, an officer spotted a Dodge Neon speeding and driving erratically on Avondale Drive at around 2:15 a.m. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, police said the driver ran a red light and sped off.

Several minutes later, the officer found the Neon wrecked against a utility pole in the 200 block of West Trinity Avenue. Police said the vehicle was speeding when it went across a traffic circle, striking two traffic signs and hitting two utility poles.

The driver, Jorge Perez Hernandez, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers, David Lopez-Jimenez, 23, and Jose De Olguin-Rodriquez, 35, were listed in stable condition at Duke University Hospital on Monday night.

Officers are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the accident.