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Knightdale man charged in Clayton hit-and-run

Posted October 9, 2012

— Police charged a Knightdale man on Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run last week that critically injured a Clayton man.

Douglas John Fishman, 44, no address available, was charged with hit and run causing personal injury. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Kenneth Clark, 51, was sitting near the roadway at the intersection of West Main and Mulberry streets on Thursday night when he was hit, police said. According to witnesses, Clark was hit by a utility trailer being pulled by a white pickup truck – possibly a Ford F-150.

Clark remains in the intensive care unit at WakeMed in Raleigh. He suffered multiple bone fractures in his back and ribs and has undergone four surgeries.

Police said Fishman called the Clayton Police Department on Monday after hearing media reports of the hit-and-run investigation.


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  • Paladin2 Oct 15, 2012

    The man that was sitting in the roadway was arrested in December 2011 for identity theft and in November 2011 for communicating threats. May'be the crackhead will have learned his lesson on sitting in the roadway.

  • ECUGrl2015 Oct 12, 2012

    I agree with storcheim. There are still good honest people out there. Congrats Mr. Fisherman for being a great example.

  • ReallyBigYawn Oct 11, 2012

    Regardless of reason or how it happened or how long it took to come forward. There should be a personal responsibility to secure your own safety. Just like the bikers that trek down covered bridge road from Archer Lodge. Yes you have a right to be there but, don't be shocked if you get hit by a vehicle.

  • tammylock77 Oct 10, 2012

    At least this man had the decency to come forward. He may not even have known that he hit this man. Wonder why was he sitting on the side of the road? Strange.

  • storchheim Oct 10, 2012

    I wouldn't have known either if not for this site, and I only glance at headlines over the weekend. Regardless, he didn't have to turn himself in. He could have let it all blow over, esp since no one will really say where the hittee was. I have to say, I don't know if I could do the same thing he did.

    Since he surrendered, perhaps WRAL could find a different headline that doesn't include "hit and run". How about "Driver who didn't see grown man sitting in intersection in complete darkness saves LE a lot of trouble by doing the right thing"?

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 10, 2012

    "His honesty? It took him 6 days to do it..It's been on the news since Friday...Bet he had to make sure his body was clean before doing so." -

    I didn't hear about this story until yesterday morning when I saw the WRAL article which said that "Police said Friday that the driver may not be aware of the accident" Not everyone watches the news (I don't) or reads every article online. There are plenty of reasons why he may not have seen the article or realized he was the driver.

  • dgcreech Oct 10, 2012

    I am still attempting to determine how someone was sitting "near" a roadway, and were close enough to be hit by a trailer. If you are close enough to a road (busy road or not), you should pay attention to your surroundings. I suppose I was just raised with the golden rule of you take care of yourself first. If things look too dangerous, proceed with caution at your own risk".

  • Desiderata Oct 10, 2012

    I do not watch TV or the news on TV either. I get my news from WRAL online or by listening to WRAL at 6pm on the days I go to work, so it is reasonable that he did not know about this . And from the rest of the news I am reading... too many horrible things happening to people...killed, raped, DWI causing deaths of innocent people...WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD TODAY??????????

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 10, 2012

    If the trailer hit him off the road then the driver should be charged. I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt on the hit and run. I didn't hear about this until yesterday either.

  • bohica2 Oct 10, 2012

    Agreed JJSmith. NC is unreasonable for charging somebody who mows down another person and keeps on going. That should be a pass, or at least on the "hittee" to prove it's not their own fault (if they eventually recover).