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7th Victim Dies After I-85 Crash

Posted August 25, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Leonard Davis, a 20-month-old boy from Durham who was injured in the accident, remained in fair condition Sunday at Duke but was moved from a pediatric intensive care unit to a regular pediatric floor. The boy suffered a head injury.

Antoinette Toler, 35, of Butner was upgraded from serious condition to fair condition with a leg fracture. Phylencia Green, 38, of Henderson remained in fair condition with a leg injury. Both are employees at Umstead.

Hospital officials have not released the names of three other female patients, two of whom were upgraded from serious condition to fair condition and one who remained in critical condition on Sunday.

At Durham Regional Hospital, Kenneth Davis, 36, of Durham remained in critical condition Sunday. Simone Knight, 29, of Durham, an activity therapist at Umstead, was released from the hospital Sunday.

Those killed in the accident were Shelby Linens, 60, of Greensboro; Mary Flamer, 61, of Carrboro; Thelma Bittings, 54, of Hillsborough; Georgia Dark, 61, of Siler City; Donna Anderson, 51, of Semora; and Tawanta Simpson, 33, of Durham.

Durham Police Sgt. J.W. Piatt said he was not surprised the accident happened where it did. Less than 24 hours earlier he and another officer watched motorists on the same stretch of highway, where the speed limit is 55 mph.

``We found a bunch of people driving 75 to 80 mph. We caught one tractor-trailer doing 72 mph,'' Piatt said Sunday.

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