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Driver charged in I-440 crash that injured DOT workers

Posted April 19, 2016
Updated April 20, 2016

— Two highway workers and a driver were hospitalized Tuesday after a collision on Interstate 440.

Raleigh police said officers were dispatched to a crash involving two vehicles and a pedestrian at about 1:25 p.m. on I-440 at the Capital Boulevard exit.

Authorities said that a vehicle driven by 44-year-old Angela Renee Roland struck two Department of Transportation employees who were on foot, as well as their parked truck.

Raleigh police said Darrick Bridges, 44, was pinned between the car and the parked truck and a Kelly Lewis, 46, was hit by the car and thrown over the guardrail. Officials said Lewis was discharged from the hospital.

“Safety of our employees and drivers is always a top priority and this incident highlights, again, the importance of work zone safety. We continue to urge drivers to remain alert and slow down when crews are working along the roadside or anytime an area is marked as a work zone,” said NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson.

Roland was taken to WakeMed for treatment of injuries. Upon release, Raleigh police said she was transported to the Wake County Detention Center and charged under a section of the state's "move over" law that applies to incident involving death or serious injury. She was given a $25,000 secured bond.

Roland made bond around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail officials. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Police said the crash remained under investigation.


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  • Sara Hauser Apr 20, 2016
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    this is not a new law, Joshua. If you are able to get a driver's license , you should learn the laws of the road and should not have to be "spoon fed" everything.

  • Josha Barton Apr 20, 2016
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    Upon gaining entry to the highway, laws should be posted pertaining to the safety of those sworn to protect and secure them ; (#move to the left when you see a service vehicle on the shoulder), when no one enforces laws of prevention, accidents and deaths aren't prevented.

  • Marcia Maloney Apr 20, 2016
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    I bet she was on her CELLPHONE!!! If she was paying attention, that crash wouldn't have happened. Something distracted her.

  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 20, 2016
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    There is a shameful lack of enforcement in our work zones and I am not sure why.

  • Sam Jaber Apr 20, 2016
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    Not just the Move Over law, either, but also get the No Texting While Driving campaign going as well!!!

  • Henry White Apr 19, 2016
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    This should be a wakeup call to the higher ups in DOT that it's time to have a campaign with SHP to vigorously enforce the move over law. And tell the district attorneys and judges no plea deals or dismissals, if the driver wants to fight it go to trial.

  • Fred Holt Apr 19, 2016
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    Unless there's some mechanical failure in the steering or brakes - here's someone who should never be allowed to drive again. And charges should be forthcoming