Pedestrian killed on 15-501 in Durham

From staff reportsSeptember 29, 2009 

— A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle early this morning while trying to cross U.S. 15-501 at Mount Moriah Road, Durham police said.

Eric Franklin Simpson, 27, of Estes Drive in Carrboro, was crossing the highway toward New Hope Commons Shopping Center when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Vernon Chris Worley, 31, of Mebane. Worley was in the far left eastbound lane.

The accident happened about 5:40 a.m. Simpson was on his way to work at Barnes & Noble in New Hope Commons Shopping Center, Durham police investigators said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Worley was not hurt.

Traffic at the intersection was reduced to two lanes in each direction on 15-501, and Mount Moriah Road was closed, for about three hours.

No other details were available. The investigation is continuing, but investigators said no charges were expected. Anyone who saw the accident is asked to call Investigator Larry Cox at 560-4935, extension 29409.

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