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One killed, seven injured in Durham wreck

Posted April 9, 2012 10:37 a.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2012 10:53 a.m. EDT

— Police suspect a Durham man was impaired by alcohol and speeding during a head-on collision Saturday night that killed him and injured seven people, including his daughter and son.

Mark Earl Henry, 42, was driving a 2012 Buick SUV, with five passengers, north in the 1200 block of Junction Road around 10:40 p.m. when he "improperly" tried to pass another vehicle, according to the wreck report.

The report states that Henry crossed the center line going 65 mph in a 45-mph zone, and his SUV slammed into a southbound sedan. The SUV ran off the road into a ditch, and the car came to a stop in the roadway.

The wrecked vehicles trapped Henry; his 16-year-old daughter Markiria; his 9-year-old son Mark Jr.; the car driver, Crystal Lashone Bright, 29; and her passenger, 2-year-old Datrell Umstead. They had to be rescued.

Henry, who was not wearing a seat belt, died of his injuries. His five passengers, Bright and Umstead were all taken to Durham Regional Medical Center.

Bright and Markiria had serious injuries. Datrell, Henry's son and his other three female passengers – ages 21, 19 and 15 – suffered minor injuries.

Police are awaiting the results of alcohol tests on Henry.

No charges have been filed.