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Lucama man sideswipes patrol car in Wayne County

Posted April 6, 2012

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— A 35-year-old Wilson County man was taken to the hospital early Friday after he sideswiped a State Highway Patrol car on U.S. Highway 13 in Wayne County, authorities said. 

The accident happened around 3 a.m. when K.R. Donald, of Lucama, hit a highway patrol car that had pulled onto the shoulder of the road near Brentwood Drive. Donald told authorities he lost control of his 2003 Toyota Avalon after sneezing. 

Both vehicles were totaled in the wreck, highway patrol officials said. 

Trooper M.G. Conley was inside his patrol car finishing a collision report at the time of the wreck, but was uninjured. 

Donald, who was charged with failure to reduce speed, was taken to the hospital with chest pains due to his car's airbag.

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  • not my real name Apr 9, 2012

    at least he wasn't drunk!

  • saywhaaaaat Apr 6, 2012

    See.....that's why I hate sneezing while driving...lol...

  • CharmedLife Apr 6, 2012

    Did you not read in the story that he hit a patrol car that was "parked on the shoulder of the road"? What if he instead had hit an oncoming car. Should that driver had been charged for being in the way of a careless driver?
    Paladin2
    April 6, 2012 9:06 a.m

    Good point. Almost a danged if ya do, dange if ya don't. At least both parties are ok though. Mr. Donald was treated/released from his hospital visit.

  • cwmllc1952 Apr 6, 2012

    jlh4jdj You might want to roll that dice a few more times before you type.

  • bikinibare Apr 6, 2012

    Dang...I read the headline too fast...lol I thought it said "Lucama man swipes patrol car in Wayne County"...whoop whoop!

  • NoRespect Apr 6, 2012

    I believe the law states that the driver must slow down and change lanes or at least move over in order to provide safe clearance whenever a patrol or emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road.

    Failure to do so is a violation...

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 6, 2012

    Failure to reduce speed? Are you expected to anticipate a sneeze and slow down?

  • Paladin2 Apr 6, 2012

    Did you not read in the story that he hit a patrol car that was "parked on the shoulder of the road"? What if he instead had hit an oncoming car. Should that driver had been charged for being in the way of a careless driver?

  • Eastern N.C. Native Apr 6, 2012

    jlh4jdj, Are you implying that this State Trooper was at fault for completing a wreck report outside of the travel lane? If so, re-read the story. Fault typically can quickly be determined, citation issued, and everyone back to their days. All crashes are not cut and dry. I expect from your comment that you do not have any law enforcement experience.

  • jlh4jdj Apr 6, 2012

    Wow so to all the people who wonder why we want an LEO, who is clearly part at fault in a wreck charged, look how quickly this man was charged. Don't get me wrong it sounds like he was at fault however, many times and LEO is also but, they are never charged!