One killed in fatal accident in Durham

Durham police said one person was killed in a single car accident on Highway 15-501 early Sunday. (Julian Harrison)

December 5, 2011 6:48:39 AM PST
Durham Police said 25-year-old Douglas Rashawn Rucker was killed after his car hit a pole along Highway 15-501 early Sunday morning.

It happened around 2:20 a.m. on U.S. 15-501 South near the N.C. 751 exit.

Authorities said Rucker, of South Adams Street in Durham, was driving southbound when he lost control of his 2007 Nissan Altima and ran off the side of the road. The car then hit a metal sign pole.

Rucker was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person inside the car when the accident happened.

According to investigators, speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

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