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Driver charged with DWI in I-40 wreck

Posted June 5, 2012

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— A single-car wreck on Interstate 40 East in Raleigh early Tuesday caused traffic delays during the morning commute and sent two people to the hospital.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the driver, Louis Henry Pittman Jr., 33, suffered life-threatening injuries in the wreck near Lake Wheeler Road around 5:30 a.m. He was listed in critical condition at WakeMed Tuesday evening.

His passenger, Kendell Christopher Jones, 40, has been treated and released.

Pittman faces one count of driving while impaired, police said.

All eastbound lanes were reopened about three hours after the wreck, although congestion lingered in the area.

At one point, eastbound traffic was backed up to Gorman Street, while onlooker delays slowed traffic on I-40 West as far back as the U.S. Highway 1/64 interchange.

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  • Seeminglyopposed Jun 6, 2012

    No, human nature is just being "nosey", if it wasn't the on-lookers would keep their eyes on the road and it wouldn't take as long to clear an accident. I have always wondered when accidents occur on one side of the road, why is the traffic always slowed down on both sides---Nosey People!

  • skbrown03 Jun 5, 2012

    North Carolina Law:
    Fender Bender Law:
    The "Fender Bender" law requires motorists to move their vehicles to the shoulder of the road following minor, non-injury crashes. If you don’t follow the law, you could face a $110 fine and court costs.

    Move Over Law:
    Under the "Move Over" law, motorists are required to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of the highway, including public service vehicles with amber lights. Violating the law could result in a $500 fine.

    Quick Clearance Law:
    The "Quick Clearance" law centers on getting vehicles out of the roadway. It states that if law enforcement and NCDOT agree that a vehicle and its cargo pose a safety concern, they can move it by any means necessary without facing any liability.

    I do not understand why (especially in Charlotte/Mecklenburg area) police/ambulance/emergency crews do not move their own vehicles off the road.

  • AtALost Jun 5, 2012

    "Move the injured, get the vehicle(s) out of the road, turn off the several hundred blue lights and "investigate" it later. "

    Later? You mean after the evidence has been obscured by other skid marks, driven over, wind blown, rained on, etc.? Such an intelligent comment.

  • PookieYam Jun 5, 2012

    Journey, the car was still there as of 8:40 this morning there was a tow truck up in the woods trying to get it out. There were a lot of blue lights going on around there that may have added to the slow downs. Prayers for the folks injured.

  • RPD07 Jun 5, 2012

    The wrecked vehicle was still there at 7am. It was just a single vehicle way off to right shoulder deep in the wood line so there was nothing to see.

  • WHEEL Jun 5, 2012

    Move the injured, get the vehicle(s) out of the road, turn off the several hundred blue lights and "investigate" it later. The report isn't worth the paper it's written on anyway.

  • luv2surffish2 Jun 5, 2012

    shut down one lane. then investigate quick and re-open

  • Journey985 Jun 5, 2012

    Well, by the time I went through this at about 7am, the vehicle was gone and the police were conducting their investigation, there should have been NO reason for 40westbound to have been backed up all the way to South Saunders. From the files of Police Squad "Move along people, nothing to see here".

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 5, 2012

    Why do all these looky - loos have to always slow down on the other side of the road to look?,Just like the ones who slow down when they see an officer already pulled over another car or has pulled someone over on the other side of the road?.."Slow down dear there is a police over on the other side of the road ,he just pulled someone over",he might come and get us"