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Raleigh Police Officer Wrecks While Responding To Bank Robbery

Posted August 9, 2002

— A Raleigh police cruiser responding to a bank robbery was involved in a wreck with another vehicle near Cameron Village Thursday morning.

Raleigh police said officer Peter Manukas has his blue lights and siren on as he approached the intersection of Clark Avenue and Woodburn Road just after 10:30 a.m.

Manukas was headed to a bank robbery at the BB&T branch at Oberlin Road and Hillsborough Street, just two blocks away.

The police cruiser collided with a car driven by Julie Buchas. Buchas was crossing Woodburn Rd. into Cameron Village.

"I always think accident, my fault. I did something wrong. But we had the green light and we were coming across and we were hit. That's all. I didn't even see him hit us. I just felt it," she said.

Both cars were heavily damaged; no one was injured.

Investigators said both parties share responsbility for the wreck.

The bank robbery suspect has not been caught.


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