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Durham police identify drivers in crash that killed 1, injured 3

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Relatives said two cars racing down a Durham street last week may have led to a crash that killed a driver.

Monday, police identified both drivers, while family members are praying for a miracle.

“I'm scared,” said Diavian Poole. "I don't want to see her like that.”

Lying inside a hospital room with serious injuries is not a memory Poole wants of her sister.

Durham police said Rahnesha Dozier, 23, was the driver of a Buick Enclave when it crashed into a utility pole late Thursday night, with a teenager inside.


Police said the incident, which happened on North Duke Street, started when a Ford Focus with two people inside swerved in front of Dozier.

“In the midst of them racing, she got hit, which made her hit a pole,” Poole said.

Police said Dozier, while in her car, pushed the Ford Focus into a tree, trapping everyone inside.

The driver of the Focus, 27-year-old Gabriel Melton Jr., died shortly after the crash.

Search warrants showed police are using vehicle data recordings to get more information about Dozier’s actions and speed that night.

Police said the Enclave she was driving had been reported stolen.

Poole said the family’s focus is less about what happened, and more about Dozier’s condition.

“We are praying for a miracle,” she said. “That's really what we are wishing on right now.”

Police said the teenager in Dozier’s car has minor injuries, while the passenger in the Ford Focus has serious injuries that do not appear to be life threatening.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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