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Dump truck driver charged after motorcycle wreck

Posted September 4, 2011
Updated September 5, 2011

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— Two people on a motorcycle were seriously injured Sunday afternoon when they collided with a dump truck on U.S. Highway 70 in Selma, police said.

Marvin Geovany Diaz-Veliz, a legal immigrant who was driving the dump truck, was charged with not having an operator's license and careless and reckless driving. Police said he pulled out of a gas station and crossed five lanes of traffic to get on to Interstate 95 South without yielding to the motorcycle.

The motorcycle driver, Charles Lee, 54, swerved to avoid the truck, but skidded into it at about 30 mph, police said. He and his wife, Cynthia, 56, both of Dunn, were taken to the hospital. Cynthia Lee was listed in critical condition Sunday evening.

Charles Lee's conditions was not released, but police said he was walking around at the scene despite his injuries.

No other details were released.


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  • cjlee Sep 8, 2011

    First off I am Charles Lee and my wife is Cindy. That said I want to thank God for his Mercy and protection during this mess. 2nd THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who stopped and helped us and especially Thanks for all the help my wife recevied at the scene. When things get bad all of Gods good people step up to the plate. The nurses who stopped ,the Police officers, EMT and to everyday people doing whatever thay could.
    To some people posting about Law Enforcement not doing there jobs, man these guys have a hard job they do all the LAW allows , if you think you can do better go signup.
    As for my wife Cindy and I we are doing very good considering we did get nailed by a truck. She is out on the deck talkin on the phone Man God is Good to think Sun. she couldn't move at the scene to walking out on our deck today talking on the phone. She is in a lot of pain ,broken wrist and will be in a kneck brace for a while, but we are alive and yes we will be riding on the rodes of N.C. as soon as possible.

  • davidbh61255 Sep 6, 2011

    Can't we ALL just get along? America-Land of plenty!!

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 5, 2011

    September 5, 2011 3:47 p.m.
    If it was his truck how did he get it?
    LOL, ya really don't think ya got to have drive license to buy a truck do ya?

  • LocalYokel Sep 5, 2011

    thinkin-out-loud, are you saying we need technology like red light cameras and speed cameras?

  • babedan Sep 5, 2011

    Operating a Dump truck without a license. My question is this was he driving for someone else? If so that owner is in a world of you know what. If it was his truck how did he get it? Don't you have to have a Class 1 license to buy a dump truck. Had his license been previously revoked? If so why wasn't the dump truck sold by the state? Or was he convicted of a DUI and the Federal Government threatened to sue the state under the disability act like they are doing to the trucking company in Arkansas. When they fired an alcoholic for not telling them he was an alcoholic when they hired him to drive there 18 wheelers.


  • thinkin out loud Sep 5, 2011

    I would like for lokelyokel to tell us how to identify all the inlicenesed drivers on the road just by looking at them. If you are willing to have your taxzes raised we can put more Patrol officers on the street. There are approximately 1 police officers per 30,000 cars on the road. That varies by city of course but even a city with the most officers has to do other things besides stop cars. Bottom line is you don't know what your talking about!

  • reincarnatedasme Sep 5, 2011

    No license......I would want him to be locked up for a long time.

  • russ278 Sep 5, 2011

    sinenomine: there has to be one "LocalIdiot" who is going to put the blame on the police some how and some way. Prayers go out to the ppl involved.

  • davidbh61255 Sep 5, 2011

    But he is a guest in our country!!

  • sinenomine Sep 5, 2011

    LocalYokel, I think the police patrol the roads rather well, generally speaking. They can't stop every bad driver - there aren't enough cops to do that. And just because a person doesn't have a license (or has a revoked one) doesn't mean they're going to be driving badly all the time. The police have to see you driving badly in order to stop you.

    Of course it would be nice if we could get all the unlicensed drivers off the road, along with those whose licenses are suspended or revoked. But remember - many (most?) wrecks are caused by people who have perfectly valid licenses but who nonetheless drive badly.