Man accused of leading chase ending in fatal wreck in Cary charged with 2nd degree murder

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Prosecutors added a murder charge and a judge added $1,000,000 to the bond of an Apex man accused of causing a fatal crash by racing on the highway.

Timothy Cox walked into the courtroom Monday with a slight limp and a cast on his right forearm. The other driver involved in a crash with Cox on US-1 in mid-January died from his injuries.

Scott Durso was a senior staff scientist for the Cary-based Lord Corporation. He worked at the technology and manufacturing company for 25 years and had twin sons.

“The entire Lord Corporation family continues to mourn the tragic and sudden loss of Scott Durso,” spokesperson Jill Mastrangelo said. “He was an extraordinary friend and a valuable colleague for 25 years. Our thoughts remain with Scott’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Cox, who turns 25 in March, could receive a prison sentence of nearly 33 years if convicted of second-degree murder. Officers arrested him Jan. 16 following a high-speed chase.

Search warrants said Cox and another driver appeared to be racing on US-1 near Cary Parkway. A deputy observed Cox weave in and out of traffic at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.

The officer determined stopping the car was in the interest of public safety, and the incident report said Cox accelerated when he saw the deputy. Warrants indicate Cox drove on the shoulder, hit a grassy patch which caused his car to go airborne, and crash into Durso’s vehicle.

CBS 17 previously reported on Cox’s driving records, which include violations of excessive speeding more than 25 miles per hour above the limit.

“Due to the defendant’s out of state connections as well as this defendant’s history of bad and aggressive driving, we request a $1 million bond,” a prosecutor said to Wake County District Judge Ned Mangum.

Mangum maintained Cox’s initial secured bond of $75,000 for the original felony speeding to elude charge, and added an additional $1,000,000 secured bond for the second-degree murder charge.

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