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One dead, one hurt in Durham crash

Posted June 2, 2014 5:25 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2014 7:59 a.m. EDT

One person died in a single-vehicle crash June 2, 2014, along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Durham, police said.

— A driver was killed and his passenger hurt in a single-vehicle crash early Monday in Durham, police said.

The crash happened about 3:45 a.m. at the U.S. 15-501 bypass and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway extension.

Police said Franco Juan Sanchez, 33, of Durham, was driving a 2002 Subaru Legacy north on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard when he tried to exit onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. But Sanchez veered left off the road, went airborne, hit a concrete wall and landed on the bypass.

He died at the scene.

Sanchez's passenger, Edward Frye Mitchell III, 24, of Durham, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Police said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway was blocked from U.S. 15-501 to University Drive for several hours following the crash.