Bahama woman charged in pedestrian’s death

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 05:24 PM

 A Bahama woman has been charged in the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a driver earlier this month.

Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol charged Elizabeth Ekberg, 22, of 9316 South Lowell Road, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

The charges follow the Aug. 5 death of Brian Gene Long, 30, of 5605 Genesee Road in Durham.

Long, along with Kristen McLaughlin of Durham, were walking along Guess Road when Long was struck from behind. He died at the scene.

McLaughlin suffered injuries that the patrol described as not life-threatening.

Troopers said the accident happened about 12:15 p.m. near 5401 Guess Road as the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Ekberg was traveling south. They said Long was walking in the southbound lane when he was hit and McLaughlin was on the road’s shoulder.

First Sgt. Jeff Gordon, public information officer for the patrol, said Ekberg was cited on the charges Thursday and released.

Ekberg is set to appear Oct. 3 in Durham County District Court.