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Driver hits Durham deputy escorting funeral

Posted December 22, 2015

A Durham County deputy was injured on Dec. 22, 2015, when he was hit by a car while escorting a funeral procession.
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— A Durham County deputy was injured Tuesday when he was hit by a car while escorting a funeral, authorities said.

The deputy, whose name wasn't released, tried to stop traffic at the intersection of Perry and Broad streets so the funeral procession could pass, but one driver didn't stop and hit the deputy on his motorcycle, authorities said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.

The Durham Police Department is investigating the crash.

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  • Kristin Byrne Dec 23, 2015
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    What Northern states are you talking about? I grew up in NY, and respecting a funeral procession was very much the norm. Where I'm from, not only did everyone have the respect to let the entire procession pass, but many people would get out of their cars and bow in respect to the deceased. Everyone in the funeral procession would put their headlights on in order to let everyone know they were part of the group, which is how we'd know, or at least have a rough idea, of when the procession had passed.

  • John Jung Sr. Dec 23, 2015
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    No surprises here! Just try and cross a cross walk at a Walmart you're risking your life.

  • Martha Matthews Dec 22, 2015
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    I do take issue with the comment that processions do not exist in Northern states. How many of them have you visited? I am from the North and yes, we absolutely do have the processions for funerals. Precedence is given to them through lights, respect, etc. Please do not generalize that all Northerners are rude and all Southerners are the only ones who are respectful. That was not a respectful comment by you.

  • Sara Hauser Dec 22, 2015
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    Well, if you are driving in NC,you need to realize our "custom" is to show respect and pull over . It's called "southern courtesy" . Welcome to the south.

  • Peter Goswick Dec 22, 2015
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    When in Rome, do as the Roman's do.

  • cdurham Dec 22, 2015

    If you could see the number of drivers who disregard right of way at pedestrian crossings in this area you wouldn' t be surprised. I hope the officer has a speedy recovery. People should try to slow down.

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Dec 22, 2015
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    To be fair these funeral processions are not common at all in other states, unheard of in the Northern states and the police escorts have a bad habit of swerving into intersections assuming everyone else knows that you let a funeral procession pass.

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 22, 2015
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    Its amazing to me how disrespectful people are to funeral processions. First of all, they are being led by a officer and traffic should pull over until the procession is passed. I have heard of several wrecks even one death from the disregard of a funeral procession. I know a lot of people from other places thinks its ridiculous to stop, but its always been a southern tradition and shows respect to the family of the deceased. Please stop the next time you approach a funeral procession just out of courtesy and respect to the family. Thank you