REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- A Duke wide receiver was charged in the
traffic death of another driver after a weekend accident.
Raphael Chestnut was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle,
the state Highway Patrol said. He also faces a charge of driving
left of the center line. He is to appear in court April 16,
according to court calendars.
Chestnut is not expected to be disciplined by the football team,
Duke spokesman Art Chase said Tuesday.
Douglas Smith, 50, died at the scene, the patrol said. His wife
and infant in his car weren't injured, and Chestnut wasn't
The patrol said alcohol or drugs weren't involved in the Sunday
wreck, which happened on a curve during heavy rain. Chestnut was
driving 65 mph in Stokesdale when his vehicle collided with
"Losing a loved one is a difficult situation for any family to
endure, and our condolences certainly are extended to the Smith
family for their loss," Duke coach Ted Roof said Tuesday in a
statement. "I spent time with Raphael today, and he is a very
resilient young man from an excellent family.
"One can only imagine what he is going through, and he
understands that we are here for him and his family during this
Chestnut, who played football at nearby Reidsville High School,
is a rising junior. He was second in receptions for Duke last
season with 39 catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns.