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Man hit, killed by Fayetteville police cruiser identified

Posted August 18, 2009

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— The Fayetteville Police Department on Tuesday identified the man who was struck and killed by a police cruiser late Saturday.

Officer Phillip Burlingame was traveling on Grove Street toward Eastern Boulevard at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when Jimmy Lee McDougald Jr. stepped in front of his patrol car, police said. McDougald, 55, of 2007 Cowan St., was struck and killed.

Burlingame has been placed on administrative duty pending the results of an internal investigation and a review of the incident by the state Highway Patrol.

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  • Cloudy Aug 18, 2009

    thatsgreat, if I'm misinformed, then it was a highway patrolman that misinformed me. I just don't agree with the attitude that he got what he deserved. It looks like it was a tragic accident.

  • leo-nc Aug 18, 2009

    "My guess is, we will never know the whole story."-----

    What's to know? Dude went into traffic and got hit. End of story. Cop had right of way and pedestrian didn't.

    Kung Fu, there is a big difference between driving beyond your ability and hitting another car (YOU) and being in complete control of your car, having a pedestrian walk into the path of your vehicle (OFFICER). Nice try though.

  • simracer68 Aug 18, 2009

    "How so? Unless the guy darted out from between parked cars, any LEO who passed the driving portion of training should have been able to avoid him. I could have, whether he was drunk or not." GoGreen

    You're making a LOT of assumptions there. Like, you assume the guy stepped out in front of the car in time for the LEO to see him. This isn't a video game where you can see targets way on down the road, this is real life where someone can step out anywhere, at any time.

    If avoiding all things in the road were as easy you make it sound, then please explain the 1000s of deer-car collisions that happen in our state every year. According to your reasoning, missing someone in the road is so easy there should never be any deer-car wrecks.

  • GoGreen Aug 18, 2009

    "Kung Fu, you have been completely misinformed. Please go back through drivers ed or something."

    How so? Unless the guy darted out from between parked cars, any LEO who passed the driving portion of training should have been able to avoid him. I could have, whether he was drunk or not. As a defensive driver, ya' gotta' anticipate the idiots out there. I'd lay money on the table that the LEO was multi-tasking, checkin' his computer or phone or something and was surprised by the pedestrian. My guess is, we will never know the whole story.

  • working for deadbeats Aug 18, 2009

    Kung Fu, you have been completely misinformed. Please go back through drivers ed or something.

  • voiceofreason32 Aug 18, 2009

    I think the family could be due some compensation for their loss.
    Kung Fu Panda

    From this guys record (tried to publish it, but blocked by GOLO), he probably has no family around, but they will come out of the woodwork and say how much they loved him to get some money

  • Cloudy Aug 18, 2009

    I have been told according to law that you are in control of and responsible for your vehicle at all times. That's what I was told when my car slid on ice and hit another car (I got a ticket). I think the family could be due some compensation for their loss.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Aug 18, 2009

    Good, one less idiot to create new life on the Earth. Man was stupid, and lazy and paid the price that's why you cross at intersections and not randomly at will. Seems like this dude thought he was the pedestrian and who would DARE hit a pedestrian... oops!

    MY prayers will be with the officer, not the fool.

  • gotsomesense Aug 18, 2009

    I am going to go out on a limb here and hope the first comment about suing was possibly sarcasm....?

  • 2beachy4u Aug 18, 2009

    This is a sad situation. However, I drive through this exact area daily and you would not believe it. People step out in front of me all the time. This is a busy area and people are always walking out in front of cars. It is not the safest area and there are usually people claiming to be homeless holding signs around this area. I hate this happened but he was probably one of the regulars I see doing this all the time.

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