Christopher “Play” Martin of Duo Kid-N-Play Injured in Car Accident
Christopher “Play” Martin, one half of late ’80s/early ’90s duo Kid-N-Play, was injured in Durham, NC on Saturday (December 29) when his SUV was struck by a suspect fleeing the police. According to The News Observer, the accident happened as suspect Raul Riva Aldamo drove his Ford Taurus down Holloway St. in Durham. Aldamo and two accomplices had reportedly broken into a nearby home and were holding the family inside at bay when police arrived. As he tried to flee the scene, Aldamo nearly ran over an officer, and was subsequently shot. He drove about half a mile down Holloway St. before slamming into Play’s SUV at the intersection of Morgan and Mangum streets. The rapper’s SUV reportedly flipped over before striking a Honda Accord. Play and his passenger, Michelle Gonzales, were ejected from the vehicle. Aldamo died at the scene. His two accomplices were later apprehended and have been charged with burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. Martin and Gonzales were treated at a local hospital and had been released as of Wednesday (January 2). Kid-N-Play were a hugely popular act beginning in the late ’80s, culminating with a trio of successful House Party films. Play now lives in Durham and recently completed a documentary on gang life in the area.