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Driver Jumps From Truck on I-40

Posted January 17, 2007
Updated January 18, 2007

— A man driving on Interstate 40 jumped from his moving truck Tuesday afternoon, causing two other vehicles to collide, police said.

Jose Ines Garcia, 22, of Graham, was eastbound on I-40 near Cary Towne Boulevard when he opened the driver's door of his 2003 Ford pickup and jumped out, police said. The truck was traveling about 65 mph in the left lane at the time, police said.

Vehicles driven by William Garrett Smythe and David Allen Dibble, both of Raleigh, collided as they slowed to avoid hitting Garcia in the roadway, police said. Neither driver was injured, and the collision caused minor damage to both vehicles, police said.

Garcia came to rest on the left shoulder of I-40. He was later taken to WakeMed for treatment.

His unoccupied truck continued heading east on the highway, crossing the other two eastbound lanes and striking a vehicle driven by Alice Yvonia Williams of Salemburg, police said. She and her passengers weren't seriously injured, police said.

The driverless truck then headed up an incline and into a wooded area, where it came to rest in heavy brush, police said.

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  • E-Diva Jan 25, 2007

    I wonder what the end of this story was. I'm curious to know why he jumped out of the vehicle.

  • swortinger2 Jan 19, 2007

    I felt that I really had to reply to all of the e-mails for this story. The young man involved in the accident was born in the United States and spent most of his life in North Carolina. He is a kind, caring, intelligent young man who has a caring and supportive family. Also, not that it is anyone's business his vehicle does have insurance, he was a college student and also held down and full time job and guess what? Even paid taxes, so all of you people who think you knonw everything seem to once again know nothing. Let's just see if the next post can come from someone who has never made a mistake and is perfet...I guess that means we will have to wait for
    God to post an email!!!

  • gbunting Jan 19, 2007

    Hi, he was an honor student at NCSU and an American citizen. Follow this link:


  • jthiespowell Jan 18, 2007

    I bet a lot of you still use the word "Colored" don't you. Unfortunately, that is what the rest of the country thinks of NC too. Thanks for keeping that going.

  • dlcblazer1 Jan 17, 2007

    To all you bloggers who have nothing to do but make comments about someone you don't know,I would appreciate if you if you would keep your distasteful and hateful comments to yourself ..Maybe think if it was your child! This is my nephew,a very loving giving sweet person that is (AS AMERICAN AS YOU & I!!!)think about how this would affect you!!!

  • jmr Jan 17, 2007

    Why does it matter what his legal status is? It appears that we have a lot more to worry about these days than where this guy is from. I, like latinagirrly, am from NC and have a Spanish last name but that doesn't make me illegal! We really shouldn't be so quick to categorize everyone based on their name. This situation could have been a lot worse....what would the racist comments be then?

  • anomir Jan 17, 2007

    Wow, how do you genius types KNOW he WAS NOT an illegal?

  • saywhaaaaat Jan 17, 2007

    Well first of all, I don't think just because you decide to jump out of a moving vehicle you are "illegal" or just because of the last name...humm I have a Mexican last name, and I am born and raised here in the state of NC. Trust me us "Americans" do alot more stupid stuff than this....

  • jcrew1979 Jan 17, 2007

    Maybe he should be Evel Knievel's sidekick!

  • boostjunkie1986 Jan 17, 2007

    if you want to try the race and illegal card we are all here illegally we should all move back to europe and give this land back to the indians. stop being so stupid and bringing in legality into this converstaion.