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Suspected drunken driver charged with murder in Raleigh crash

Posted July 31, 2012 5:00 p.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2012 5:50 p.m. EDT

— Police on Tuesday upgraded charges against a suspected drunken driver who caused a fatal crash in Raleigh over the weekend.

David Lawrence Coker Jr., 32, of 2607 St. Mary's St., was being held without bond at the Wake County jail on second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury charges.

Police say Coker was drunk when he ran a red light and struck a Dodge sedan at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and T.W. Alexander Drive around 4:40 a.m. Saturday.

The Dodge driver, Kossivi Akpene Gadegbeku, 42, of Raleigh, was killed. His passenger, Laura Cecilia Galdamez, 32, of Durham, was seriously injured.

Her condition as of Tuesday was not released.