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Lumberton Officer Hit by Car

Posted May 15, 2007

— A Lumberton police officer handling an accident on Interstate 95 Tuesday morning was struck by a car, authorities said.

Officer William Reed was responding to a motorcycle accident in the median of I-95 near mile marker 10 shortly after 8:30 a.m. The driver of a northbound Toyota Avalon lost control of the vehicle, which veered into the median and hit the officer, authorities said.

Reed was taken to Southeastern Medical Center in Lumberton with two broken legs and was later transferred to University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. His condition is unknown.

The motorcyclist was identified as Eric Andrew Meyers of Delaware. He was airlifted from Southeastern Medical Center to UNC Hospitals, but his condition is unknown.

Joseph Serafini of Florida, the driver of the Avalon, was charged with exceeding a safe speed and failure to reduce speed, authorities said.


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  • maringcop32 May 16, 2007

    We wish you well. I've got to say I know exactly what you are feeling because I was in your position 12 years ago at LPD when it ended my career with 1 month at Duke and 1 year to walk again. Lumberton supports you and I'll see you soon!

  • Munchie May 15, 2007

    In defense of the people who wrote SUV in their comments...earlier WRAL reported it was an SUV driver that hit the officer.

    Hope all goes well with the officer.

  • Spring May 15, 2007

    A Toyota Avalon is a 4 door sedan...not an SUV. =)

  • HP May 15, 2007

    I hear voices- You hit that nail on the head

  • I hear voices May 15, 2007

    @Lulli... You must spend a lot of time talking on the phone while driving to get that defensive.

  • HP May 15, 2007

    It doesn't matter what the SUV driver was doing, chatting on the cell phone, etc., he wasn't paying attention which was costly. How can you not see an officer on the side of the road if you are paying attention??

    And as far as the cell phone comment, "must be a person who can't afford one". That is rude. There are a lot of accidents just waiting to happen & have happened with the use of cell phones. You have heard the saying "can't chew gum & walk at the same time" well some people cannot talk on the phone & drive. I have had more than one person almost hit me & I look over & they have a cell phone stuck in their ears. It has nothing to do with affordability it is responsibility!!

  • packandcanesfan May 15, 2007

    I hope he will be ok. Lumberton has had its share of bad accidents on 95.

  • Michael Kenyon May 15, 2007

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    I agree!

  • Michael Kenyon May 15, 2007

    Don't forget the nchp officer that was hit on I-40. Geeze, it must be open season on the poor officers.

    Most likely the suv driver was rubbernecking and ran off the road to miss the rubbernecker in front. Here's to Officer Reed's quick and complete recovery.

  • Lulli May 15, 2007

    People get on my last nerve!!!! The first response when an accident happens is "I bet they were busy talking on a cell phone! Talking about jumping to conclusions! Must be people who can't afford a cell phone doing all the nagging! There are many more distractions when driving than CELL PHONES! Why don't you wait to get the facts before jumping the gun? There could have been a mechanical malfunction with the SUV!