Bahama woman charged in crash that killed Durham pedestrian

From staff reportsAugust 22, 2013 

— The State Highway Patrol has charged a 22-year-old Bahama motorist in connection with an accident in North Durham this month that killed a pedestrian.

Elizabeth Ekberg of South Lowell Road in Bahama was charged with one count each of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, First Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a patrol spokesman, said Thursday.

The accident occurred Aug. 5 on Guess Road.

Investigators said Brian Gene Long and Kristen McLaughlin, who both lived at 5605 Genesee Road in Durham, were walking south along Guess Road when they were struck from behind by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Ekberg.

Long was walking in the southbound lane, while McLaughlin was walking along the shoulder, Gordon said.

Emergency workers pronounced Long, 30, dead at the scene, while McLaughlin suffered injuries that were not life threatening.

Ekberg will make her first court appearance on Oct. 3, Gordon said.

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