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Car involved in I-40 hit-and-run was stolen

Posted December 29, 2009

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— A car involved in a high-speed hit-and-run wreck on Interstate 40 early Sunday had been stolen, state Highway Patrol troopers said Tuesday.

A silver Lexus going more than 90 mph crashed into the back of a Geo Prizm driven by Jimmy Lee Brown, 49, on eastbound I-40 near Harrison Avenue, troopers said.

The impact sent Brown's car spinning more than 500 feet into a guard rail and left him with a fractured neck.

The Lexus was abandoned nearby, and the driver fled the scene before state troopers arrived. Troopers said they believe a white Toyota Camry with Pennsylvania tags was following the Lexus and picked up the driver after the collision.

Troopers had hoped to use the registration information from the Lexus to track down the driver and file charges against him or her, but they said Tuesday that the owner, Reginald Graves of Raleigh, reported the car stolen Monday morning.

Graves told investigators that he had left the car at a dealership for service and told them to leave the keys under the floor mat when they car was ready to be picked up. When he went to the dealership on Monday, he found it was missing and reported it stolen, troopers said.

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  • Vietnam Vet Dec 30, 2009

    Now it's stolen...there's a surprise!! NOT!

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 30, 2009

    Hope the State HP will conduct a full investigation to find the people (Driver & the Get away driver)to justice.

    On the bright side, Jimmy seems to doing better than initially thought. As a friends, I'd like to thank y'all's pray.

    Have a happy and Safe New Year!

  • Diabolical Dec 30, 2009

    Sounds like someone don't want to take responsibility.. I would think the dealership would report his car stolen...Maybe the dealership workers went on a joyride??

  • SomeRandomGuy Dec 30, 2009

    Would a dealership even DO that? WHY? Unless they are doing warranty service, wouldn't they want payment before they released the vehicle??

  • tootie Dec 30, 2009

    somethings fishy that's for sure....

  • FragmentFour Dec 30, 2009

    My sympathies lie with the injured man and the car owner, but... why would anyone tell the dealership to leave the keys under the mat? Wouldn't it make a lot more sense if the owner simply kept a second set of keys and opened the car that way? Or did I miss something?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 30, 2009

    I see where you're going, Timbo, but this isn't the Autobahn. :-)

    In a country where we don't expect people to do 30 (50?) MPH over the speed limit (without flashing lights & a siren), this crash is not unexpected. My guess is that the Prizm either panicked and tried to avoid the guy coming up fast, or he didn't see him coming at all and changed lanes to pass someone.

  • Timbo Dec 30, 2009

    What lane was the Prizm in?

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 30, 2009

    "Why didn't the dealership report the car stolen?"

    Wouldn't the dealership think the customer who said leave the keys under the mat picked it up?

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Dec 30, 2009

    "Graves told investigators that he had left the car at a dealership for service and told them to leave the keys under the floor mat when they car was ready to be picked up. When he went to the dealership on Monday, he found it was missing and reported it stolen, troopers said."

    Was Graves part of the dealership or a customer of the dealership to have the car serviced? It was unclear in the article.

    Why didn't the dealership report the car stolen?

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