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On Second Thought, Man Did Die From Wreck

Posted April 10, 2007 7:48 a.m. EDT

— Less than a day after declaring that a man who died in a traffic accident had been murdered, Durham police determined Monday evening that the man actually did die in a wreck.

Officers were dispatched the scene of a wreck in the parking lot of Chesterfield Apartments, 1808 Chapel Hill Road, shortly after midnight Monday and found a man in his 20s lying next to a vehicle, police said.

The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation revealed the man had been in an altercation on House Avenue before the wreck and suffered head injuries, police said. After first investigating the case as a homicide, police said numerous interviews with witnesses, a re-examination of the scene and the results of an autopsy indicated that the man died as a result of the wreck.

Following the altercation, he got in the back of a sedan driven by an acquaintance, police said. The driver hit a ditch culvert on Morehead Avenue near Rex Street and then struck a tree before driving to Chesterfield Apartments, police said.

The man wasn't wearing a seat belt, police said.