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Man dies after being struck by car in Wilson

Posted December 30, 2010
Updated December 31, 2010

— A man who was struck by a car on Airport Boulevard in Wilson Thursday evening has died from his injuries, police said Friday.

Donald Lee Woodard, 56, was hit at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Buckingham Road just before 6 p.m., police said.

He was taken to Wilson Medical Center and then flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Police identified the driver of the Volkswagen Beetle as Ronald Murray, 45. No charges have been filed. The case is still under investigation.


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  • Anonymous1234 Jan 4, 2011

    WinnieFan. You did not start rumors. What you say is correct. He was lying in a pool of blood and there are many other details about this tragedy that I could share as a relative of mine was one of the people that tried to help after the accident, straight down to checking his pulse before EMS got there.

    I can't imagine the nightmares the gentleman that hit him will have for the rest of his life or the hurt the family must be feeling as a result of their loss. It is truly a tragedy.

    Airport Blvd is a very dangerous road and there are a lot of pedestrians and bike riders that cross in that area and generally without regard to oncoming traffic. Even I have been afraid of hitting people on that road.

    The City of Wilson needs to do something before more lives are lost on Airport. I have witnessed many terrible accidents. Traffic lights need to be added and personally, I think a pedestrian cross walk needs to be created near where this accident occurred to help all of the people

  • WinnieFan Jan 3, 2011

    Well let me clarify for you, Freedom6478....

    I was a passer-by. Before the fire truck, ambulance or police car made the scene. I saw the victim with what appeared to be blood under his head, which would certainly be feasible, given the situation.

    No one is "starting rumors". That doesn't even make any sense! Hope the clarification puts your critical mind at ease.

  • wideNCawake Dec 31, 2010

    this is another terrible tragedy ... people get run-over in Wilson quite often ... although this may not be the case with this incident, some people will walk in a traffic lane at night, with dark clothes, and expect that a driver going average speed and still paying attention will see them, just in time to swerve from creating another tragedy ... anyone coming to Wilson will see this, so be cautious and drive careful.

  • RB-1 Dec 31, 2010

    Awww, praying for all who loved him.

  • Winston Dec 31, 2010

    lar..I live a block away and I know of the man you speak of...he's at the Shell station often.

  • lar0516 Dec 31, 2010

    Does anyone know if this was the guy that hangs out around that corner-the guy that talks to himself and may have mental problems? I hope not. But it's still sad. That's a busy road.

  • freedom6478 Dec 31, 2010

    Apparently you didn't just drive by, he was not in a pool of blood. That goes to show you that people start rumors. Prayers for the victim's family.

  • WinnieFan Dec 31, 2010

    I saw this just after it happened, too... was driving thru just as the fire dept was arriving.

    I was actually shocked to see the initial report that the man was still alive, given what the accident scene looked like. He was laying on the street in a pool of blood, having been knocked out of his shoes. It was a tragic scene.

  • YepMe Dec 31, 2010

    Well let me help you with the why question Tim! Since Pitt is a level one trauma center and Wilson is not, since there are trauma surgeons on staff that can repair injuries that Wilson is not able to. If it were one of my family members and thier live was saved by them being flown from Wilson to Pitt $5000 would be a small price to pay!!! But trust me your quote for the average cost of a "life flight" is on the low side!!! And since the patient did die I am guessing that this flight was a life or death issue!!!

  • travissrt Dec 31, 2010

    Most likely reason for frequent airlifts is that Wilson Hospital is not a level-1 Trauma center and that is the expertise you need when someone is near death from a traumatic injury.