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Police Identify Victim in Durham Wreck

Posted February 26, 2008 11:23 a.m. EST

— Police on Tuesday identified the man killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Saturday morning.

Michael Lee Clements, 57, of Durham, was killed when his 1997 Ford Explorer swerved across South Roxboro Street near Jackie Robinson Drive and struck a utility pole, police said.

Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death, but they said they believe Clements might have had a medical condition that caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

A second vehicle was damaged when the driver swerved to avoid colliding with the Explorer, police said.

Mark Doerstling, of Mebane, was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry north in the far left lane when the Explorer started drifting toward his car, police said. He ran off the road to the left and struck a street sign, but he wasn't injured.

The wreck disrupted traffic on South Roxboro Street for about three hours.