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1 dead, 3 injured in downtown Durham crash involving stolen SUV

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - A man was killed, two adults were seriously injured and a teen suffered minor injuries in a crash Thursday night in downtown Durham, police said.

The crash occurred just after 11:30 p.m. on N. Duke Street. According to police, a Buick Enclave and Ford Focus were both traveling north on the road when the Ford tried to change lanes and entered the lane in which the Buick was already in.


The maneuver caused the Buick to slam into the side of the Ford. The Buick slammed into a utility pole and pushed the car into a tree, police said.

Two people were in the Buick, which police said was reported stolen on July 3, and two people were in the Ford. The two men in the Ford were trapped in their vehicle and had to be extricated by the Durham Fire Department, police said.

The driver of the Ford, Gabriel Dashon Melton Jr., 27, was pronounced dead at the hospital. His 25-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries.

The female driver of the Buick, Rahnesha Denise Dozier, 23, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Her 14-year-old male passenger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police have not released the identities of anyone involved in the crash and have not said if anyone will face any charges.

Duke Street near Minerva Avenue was closed for more than 7 hours, reopening just before 7 a.m.

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