Woman charged in Durham hit-and-run turns herself in

From staff reportsApril 12, 2013 

— A woman has been charged with felony hit-and-run after her car struck a person standing on the roadside at the scene of an accident Friday morning.

Aurelia Rochelle Mangum, 31, of Durham, was also charged with careless and reckless driving and failure to move over for emergency equipment after she turned herself in to police Friday afternoon.

The victim – Zaida Juarez, 26, of Durham – had been a passenger in a two-vehicle accident that happened around 7 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Durham Freeway near Briggs Avenue. A Durham police cruiser and the two vehicles involved in the accident were pulled over on the shoulder while the accident was being investigated.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said that, around 7:30 a.m., traffic had slowed down in front of Mangum’s white Camry and she apparently swerved in an effort to avoid hitting cars in front of her and struck Juarez, who was standing on the road shoulder next to one of the cars involved in the earlier accident.

Mangum then left the scene, police said.

Juarez was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Michael said.

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