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Teenage pedestrian dies after being hit by state trooper in Fayetteville

Posted October 27, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014

— A 17-year-old from Cumberland County died Monday night after being hit by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle on the All-American Freeway at Cliffdale Road, officials said.

According to investigators, Christopher Mason McCray, of Stedman, was hit at about 7:45 p.m. by a cruiser being driven by Trooper B.J. Holder. Troopers said McCray ran into the roadway.

McCray died at the scene, investigators said. It was unclear why McCray ran into the roadway.

Holder, an 8-year veteran assigned to the Troop B District 8 office in Lillington, was not harmed in the wreck. Investigators said he was driving to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to complete an earlier wreck investigation that happened in Harnett County.

The All-American Freeway was closed down for several hours following the incident.


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  • John Smythe Oct 29, 2014
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    You do not understand the court's ruling on the "duty to protect". What the SCOTUS ruling was actually saying is that you can not hold the police civilly liable for crimes that are committed by criminals. For example if a thief steals your car, you can't sue the local police for not preventing it, which makes total common sense. Some people like to trot out the "duty to protect" ruling and twist it into something that is not implied by the actual ruling. Hope this helps you understand the actual ruling.

  • fifefan4life Oct 28, 2014

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    It may not be their "duty" to protect us but I've seen it firsthand. And yes, I did get all warm and fuzzy. You should try it sometime.

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 28, 2014

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    UMM the Supreme Court ruled police have no duty to protect anyone. They do serve us. They work for US. It felt good to say though didnt it? Did you get all warm and fuzzy?

  • fifefan4life Oct 28, 2014

    I see people run across Capital Blvd every day. They feel cars must slow or stop for them but don't think about the physics involved. Prayers for the family and officer. Thank you to all LEO's for the dangerous work you do to protect and serve us citizens!

  • jwsawyer Oct 28, 2014

    It is very difficult to understand why people will not look before crossing the roadway.

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 28, 2014

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    Um, citizens in cars hit pedestrians all the time it seems like around here, and the only time the drivers are charged is if they were doing something wrong. Its almost always the pedestrians fault. In fact, just this past Friday a woman was hit and killed in Raleigh because she walked in front of oncoming traffic. That driver has not (yet) been charged and from that story it doesn't sound like they will be because the driver had the green light.

    Just because this particular driver happened to be a state trooper does not mean he is automatically guilty and from the sounds of it, there is no reason he should be considered at fault. The teenager tried to cross a freeway... the dark!

  • Mannin Black Oct 28, 2014
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    I'm still trying to grasp as to why you think the trooper is liable. It is dark out, someone crosses a busy freeway, what do think is going to happen?

  • Olenc Native Oct 28, 2014
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    Only people with cars deserve to go anywhere?

    I deny that.

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 28, 2014

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    Bicycles belong in the park cars belong on the roads. There is no denying that.

  • Alexia Proper Oct 28, 2014
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    Sadly, you're likely right. However, this was a limited access highway and I would think bikes would not be on that road. For certain, anything that is going well under 30mph in a 45+ zone is a danger to everyone.