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Suspect sought in hit-and-run that killed two

Posted March 7, 2010 8:41 p.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2010 10:18 a.m. EST

— The state Highway Patrol on Sunday named a suspect in a hit-and-run wreck that killed two people in Durham.

Troopers said they are looking for 19-year-old Tanilo Rosales from Mexico. Rosales is the owner of a 1995 green Chevrolet Blazer thought to have been involved in a wreck on U.S. Highway 70 in southeastern Durham early Saturday.

Troopers said that around 1:15 a.m., a Blazer and a Ford Taurus station wagon were engaged in a speed competition along a stretch of U.S. 70 where it is merged with Miami Boulevard, east of Pleasant Drive.

The Taurus slowed down and was struck from behind by the Blazer, troopers said. The impact caused the Taurus to run off the right side of the road and crash into a tree.

The driver of the Taurus, Timothy Parrish Jr., 24, was ejected, and his passenger, Bryant Keith Mitchell, 37, of Durham, was pinned in. Both men died at the scene.

The Blazer didn't stop following the crash, troopers said.  The vehicle was recovered Sunday evening.

Troopers are still looking for Rosales. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the state Highway Patrol at 1-800-662-7956.