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Woman recovering after being hit by SUV at RDU

Posted June 19, 2012

— A 70-year-old Durham woman was recovering at home Tuesday after being hit by an SUV Monday night at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Genevee Dillard was waiting outside Terminal 2 for her daughter to pick her up after a trip to New York to visit her son when she was hit outside the baggage claim area.

Sheremy Dillard-Clanton said she saw her mother down as she pulled up to the terminal to pick her up.

"As I came around and I looked at her, I saw she was on the ground," Dillard-Clanton said Tuesday. "She said, 'I've lived 70 years, and I've never been hit by a car.'"

RDU police said Christopher Dashawn Mazyck had left his SUV running outside the terminal but forgot to put it in park as he got out. When he saw the vehicle rolling, he jumped back in and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, according to investigators.

Dillard was treated at WakeMed for a back injury and released.

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"She can't stand up straight. She can't walk. She was lying in the bed," her daughter said.

Two other people suffered minor injuries while trying to jump out of the way of the SUV, an airport spokesman said. Three signs were damaged as well, costing about $2,000.

Mazyck, 20, of Durham, was charged with a safe movement violation. Investigators said they don't expect further charges.

"I don't think it was malicious," Dillard-Clanton said. "Accidents, things happen, so I don't take it personal about what happened. It's just we want to make sure that my mom is OK."


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  • Wendellcatlover Jun 20, 2012

    I smell a lawsuit coming!

  • nowon_yuno Jun 20, 2012

    Heavy Chain through the trailer hitch. All responsible SUV owners should keep their vehicles on a leash, after all it's the Law!

    Blame the owner not the breed. Wait...what are we talking about?

  • Scubagirl Jun 19, 2012

    At least his insurance should pay all medical costs for this lady. Hope she fully recovers and glad she wasn't hurt worse.
    He may not have done it on purpose, it sounds most definitely to be an accident, but an accident caused by LACK OF THINKING, TRAINING. Hard way to learn a lesson, hopefully he did.

  • trianglerelic Jun 19, 2012

    When will YOU ALL LEARN!!! it's not my fault, my SUV did it!!! Actually it can't be mine. After reading all the stories of SUV's attacking people, I starting blocking my wheels and placing a Heavy Chain through the trailer hitch. All responsible SUV owners should keep their vehicles on a leash, after all it's the Law!

  • chance2 Jun 19, 2012

    You do not need to be sued you need to be educated!!!

  • nativeofwake Jun 19, 2012

    I suppose it is also possible that he was just going to help load the luggage for the people he was picking up.

  • dountoothers Jun 19, 2012

    You are allowed to get out of your car if you stay with it. It's normal to get out and open the trunk/hatch for luggage. It sounds like it was just an accident.