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Firefighter's condition unchanged, family asks for prayers

Posted December 7, 2009

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— The family of a Raleigh firefighter injured in a chain-reaction wreck asked for prayers for his recovery Monday via Facebook.

Lt. Harry P. "Flip" Kissinger IV, 35, of Wake Forest, is being treated at WakeMed for serious injuries, including head trauma, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Styons.

Kissinger was injured during a wreck Friday morning on Ligon Mill Road near Louisburg Road. A school bus going east, driven by Sheila Wimbush Hall, 52, of Garner, and a station wagon traveling west collided. The bus then crossed the center line, striking Kissinger's pickup truck head-on.

The station wagon, driven by Angelica Perry, 23, of Raleigh, ended up in a driveway on the opposite side of the road.

The bus crashed into a ditch, with the cab of the pickup crushed beneath it. It took rescuers about 45 minutes to remove Kissinger from the truck, authorities said.

Kissinger's family posted to his Facebook page that he responded positively to a reflex test after doctors lowered his dosage of sedatives Sunday. He remained in critical condition at WakeMed's intensive care unit.

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  • Adelinthe Dec 8, 2009

    Sending thoughts and mighty prayers.

    God bless.

    RB

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Dec 8, 2009

    "Was it ever reported what caused he accident? I see a lot of bad driver- more cars than busses- and some busses need to get out because cars don't slow down- not an excuse but reality. I can not believe that cars do not slow for school zones- that is wrong. I live by a school- no one slows. I kow this was not at a school- but still...."

    You must be kidding and being sarcastic.

    If a bus is not able to SAFELY get into traffic it is NOT the responsibility of OTHER drivers to slow down to let them out. You must not travel Ligon Mill that much. The road is full of turns and this bus had no excuse to not be able to stay in their lane other than pure laziness.

    If buses can't ride their route safely (i.e. not relying on cars to 'slow down' in places that are NOT school zones) they need to report it to their supervisor, not put the lives of those of us on the road simply because we are supposed to be too scared to hit a bus. And of course that wonderful "hit from behind 100% your fault law"

  • thought Dec 8, 2009

    Was it ever reported what caused he accident? I see a lot of bad driver- more cars than busses- and some busses need to get out because cars don't slow down- not an excuse but reality. I can not believe that cars do not slow for school zones- that is wrong. I live by a school- no one slows. I kow this was not at a school- but still....

  • msultz Dec 8, 2009

    Flip, I am praying for you without ceasing! Jill and the girls- I pray that God will comfort you during this horribly difficult time. All of us at Lifestyle Family Fitness are thinking of you and your entire family.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Dec 8, 2009

    Where has it said that the bus driver was found at fault? From the story, it says the bus struck the car head-on, and THEN crossed the center line and hit the truck. Appears to me the station wagon was across the center line and at fault."

    Possible, but I've seen this bus drive, my guess is that it rounded the turn too wide like it does every morning (well used to I suppose)and the station wagon did not realize that the shoulder isn't that soft in that part of the road and you are able to go off road safely... I only know this from experience it's very possible she didn't know that. The truck was the unfortunate aftermath.

  • pwilliamson53 Dec 8, 2009

    People this story was to offer Prayer for Mr. Kissinger and his family. Have a heart, open it and pray! Stop the blame game right now and let the HP handle who's fault the accident was. Right now, in this moment, is Praying for Mr. Kissinger.

  • lovesanimals Dec 8, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers sent up!

  • kellyaustin96 Dec 8, 2009

    In my early years I drove a tow truck to pay for college and witnessed the results of way too many wrecks. I drove past the wreck site and observed the orange paint, skid marks and the disturbed earth in the ditch. The SHWP is being tight lipped, but it is a sharp curve, with a long bus, going too fast. I am postive it is the bus driver's fault.

    Prayers for Mr. Kissinger and his family.

  • karibritt01 Dec 7, 2009

    Where has it said that the bus driver was found at fault? From the story, it says the bus struck the car head-on, and THEN crossed the center line and hit the truck. Appears to me the station wagon was across the center line and at fault.

    Regardless, my prayers at with the family and his fellow firefighters.

  • sssh.. whisper Dec 7, 2009

    Still praying for this man and his family and will continue to keep praying

    CaLmDoWnItStHeInTaAaARnEt= thank you for the phone number.

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