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Man hurt in roll-over crash charged with reckless driving

Posted November 25, 2012
Updated November 26, 2012

— A man who was injured in a single-vehicle wreck and discovered hours later by passers-by has been charged with reckless driving, authorities said Sunday.

Ryan Truelove, 21, remained hospitalized in fair condition at WakeMed on Sunday following the accident.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, passers-by called 911 about 7 a.m. Saturday after discovering the overturned car on Durant Road near Brassfield Road in Raleigh. Truelove had been ejected from the car and badly hurt, but he dragged himself back inside the vehicle to stay warm overnight.

The good Samaritans found Truelove alone in the car and wrapped him in their coats or blankets until help arrived.

Troopers said they don't know what happened because Truelove doesn't remember exactly when or how the car overturned. Investigators have spoken with family members, who have not been able to shed light on the accident either.

Truelove declined to be interviewed Sunday.


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  • Sweetgrl3 Nov 28, 2012

    I know some folks who knows this guy, he was drinking but he laid there long enough for the content to decrease therefore he probably won't be charged.

  • jjsmith1973 Nov 27, 2012

    Well, that is a far cry from your original post claiming he must have been drunk. He probably wasn't wearing his seat belt. Although, can't be 100 percent about that either but at least that would make more sense and easier to try to prove than all the other claims when the police themselves say they are unsure of what happened.

  • Scubagirl Nov 26, 2012


    AT THE VERY LEAST he was NOT wearing a seatbelt!

  • jjsmith1973 Nov 26, 2012

    Just wondering if anyone here thinks a accident can occur without alcohol because most do occur without. You ever think that he may of swerved to prevent hitting a deer, or feel asleep or any other thing than drinking? Frankly, u people have no issues with convicting a citizen but if it is an officer mos. On here scream about how we don't know what really happened. Guess it is true want to break the law in this state become a cop. Have an accident as a citizen get a fine or go to jail

  • hussie42000 Nov 26, 2012

    what would you like the trooper charged with?
    Click to view my profile mike honcho

    numerous witnesses reported he was speeding. the limit is reportedly 25 mph in the area. careless & reckless springs to mind. What a pedestrian is never suppose to cross a highway?? if the trooper was operating in unsafe manner he should be charged.

  • piene2 Nov 26, 2012

    "If you don't like cops, the next time you're in trouble why don't you just try calling a hippie? LOL

    I would feel a lot safer with a hippie than with a cop. Hippies have a much better reputation for honesty and humanity than cops do.

  • JDAmbrosio Nov 26, 2012

    He's probably guilty of a DWI, but hey, he probably slept enough of it off. I hope he makes a full recovery; he is very lucky, but I hope he takes this as the wake-up call it should be.

  • mike honcho Nov 26, 2012

    hussie42000- As I recall that crash the pedestrian was crossing the highway, I failed to read the part of the trooper driving on the sidewalk.....highways are for vehicles and sidewalks are for pedestrians, what would you like the trooper charged with?

  • mike honcho Nov 26, 2012

    vter53- Vehicles dont majically leave the roadway, I dont recall rain or snow or any other weather event that could've caused this crash. Truth be known, he was drunk and speeding and one thing we DO know for sure he wasnt wearing a seatbelt, because properly belt drivers do not get ejected from vehilces.
    depending on the blood tests from the hospital, he still may be charged with DWI. Be thankful he didnt kill you or someone you love.

  • vter53 Nov 26, 2012

    Troopers said they don't know what happened because Truelove doesn't remember exactly when or how the car overturned.

    They don't know what happened but he was cited for reckless driving. This just goes to show that they are all about writing tickets regardless of the reason. This is not what law enforcement is supposed to be about. The justice system in this state or country for that matter is broken and needs to be fixed now.