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Fayetteville police investigating fatal trooper-involved pedestrian wreck

Posted October 29, 2014

A pedestrian was struck and killed Monday night after running into the path of a N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle on the All-American Freeway at Cliffdale Road, police said. (Adam Owens/WRAL)

— Detectives from the Fayetteville Police Department will take a closer look at the death of a 17-year-old Cumberland County teen who died late Monday after being hit by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle on the All-American Freeway.

According to investigators who were on scene after the incident, 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. He died at the scene.

A spokesman for Fayetteville police said late Wednesday that detectives have been assigned to the case based on new information and a request from the Highway Patrol. The spokesman said police are looking into the events that happened before McCray ran into the road.

No other details about the investigation have been released.

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.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-549-7326 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Iwish Iwas Oct 29, 2014
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    The traffic laws in NC will protect this trooper just like they would any other motorist. This is a freeway, not a neighborhood street. The pedestrian MUST yield to all traffic here and MUST not be walking in/on road either. Speeding or not, this accident was the result of the deceased actions. Unfortunate nonetheless.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 29, 2014

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    "maybe a robber was chasing him?"
    naw not in Fayettnam.

  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Oct 29, 2014

    I would assume they're looking into the possibility that the victim was running from some other criminal event -- maybe a robber was chasing him? -- and that the others involved in that event could now be charged with homicide.

    But I'm sure that won't stop all the speculation about police using mind-rays to make people run out in front of their cars.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 29, 2014

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    Don't confuse the police haters.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 29, 2014

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    YOur post is incredibly biased against police.

  • VickLo Oct 29, 2014

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    That's easy.
    It all has to do with the gravitational pull of the moon and the tides..

  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 29, 2014
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    So many in our area just run out in front of vehicles. Why would you do that?

  • liljohn88 Oct 29, 2014

    The articles states Fayetteville Police are looking into events that lead up to the boy running into the roadway. They are not investigating the wreck

  • John Smythe Oct 29, 2014
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    Please refer to North Carolina General Statutes for the law on investigative jurisdiction. An outside agency can not refer a case to a D.A.'s Office for which they have no jurisdiction. They would still be called on to testify in court and the case would be thrown out in 2 seconds if they had no jurisdiction. Perhaps leaving this matter to those who have experience and actually know what they are doing is the smart move.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 29, 2014

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    Some people....the investigators would only investigate. If charges are to be brought, the DA would do that. Troopers commonly go across multiple county lines, in their duties. Rocky Mount Police will know Halifax county troopers. Raleigh Police will know Franklin county troopers. So having Fayetteville Police knowing Cumberland county troopers, falls right in with this. So yes. Invite investigators from a force that has no ties to this trooper. No, they don't have jurisdiction to make an arrest. They can however, perform an investigation, if it is requested by the police chief. Anything more to complain about?