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Teen Driver in Fatal Thanksgiving Weekend Wreck Arrested

Posted December 4, 2007 5:30 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2007 11:32 a.m. EST

Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously indicated that Joel Duran was wanted by investigators for more than a week. Duran, however, was not charged in the accident until Monday.

A 16-year-old wanted in connection with a Thanksgiving weekend wreck that killed a woman and critically injured another teen was arrested Tuesday and charged with manslaughter.

Raleigh police located Joel Duran and took him into custody without incident, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Tuesday.

Investigators believe drugs and speed possibly played a role in the Nov. 24 crash in which Duran was allegedly driving west on Interstate 40 between Hammond Road and Rock Quarry Road when he passed a car, left the roadway, overcorrected and then flipped.

Elizabeth Arch, 23, of Raleigh, and Duran's cousin, Zepherino Duran, 17, were ejected from the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Arch died at WakeMed; Zepherino Duran was listed Tuesday in critical condition at WakeMed.

Duran had been the subject of a search since the accident. His address is listed in police records as Reconciliation Drive in Raleigh, but no one in the neighborhood admitted to seeing him since the crash.

He also faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury for the injuries sustained by Zephrino Duran and driving without a license.