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Durham Teen Critically Injured In Traffic Accident

Posted December 16, 2003 8:24 a.m. EST

— A Durham teenager was critically injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle accident on East Pettigrew Street, near Briggs Avenue.

According to police, the accident occurred at 4:20 p.m. An eastbound 1993 Eagle Talon driven by 18-year-old Derek Holder, of Holder Road, crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 2002 Mercury Mountaineer driven by 36-year-old Maria Noriega, of Glover Road.

The impact caused Holder's vehicle to collide with an eastbound 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 31-year-old James Steele, of Craig Road.

Holder, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his vehicle and suffered critical head and internal injuries. He underwent surgery Tuesday night at Duke University Hospital.

Noriega was taken to Duke for treatment of neck injuries.

Steele and a passenger in his truck, 22-year-old Walter Fletcher, of Stone Road, were not injured.

Investigators said excessive speed was a factor in the accident. No charges had been filed Tuesday night, but the accident still was under investigation.

Holder's car was a total loss. Noriega's vehicle sustained heavy damage, and Steele's truck sustained minor damage.

The accident blocked the road for almost two hours.