Weldon Lewis Williams, 76, of Durham, was killed March 26 when a driver barreled through a red light at the intersection of Driver Street and Angier Avenue.
Williams died at Duke University Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
The driver of a 2012 black Ford Edge rental car fled the scene after slamming into a Suzuki going through the intersection east on Angier Avenue. The auto accident forced the Suzuki to collide with a Cadillac driven by Williams. The impact of the crash propelled the Cadillac into a building at the corner.
The driver of the Suzuki remained in critical condition. Police declined to release the driver’s name.
The driver who left the scene of the accident is described as a black man in his early 20’s, between five feet nine inches and six feet tall and weighing 145 to 160 pounds. He is being sought by police. The fleeing driver was said to have a light to medium complexion and wore his hair in dreadlocks.
Williams was a deacon at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Durham. The pastor of the church, Rev. Dennis Davis, thought that finding the hit-and-run driver would help the church congregation come to terms with his death.
“It won’t bring him back, but it will be a little bit of a consolation, as least to know that they didn’t get away scot-free, that they have been apprehended,” said Davis. “They are probably not aware of it, but they’ve taken a great man out of this world.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919-560-4935, extension 29409, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
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