Local News

Hit-And-Run Victim Was Ex-Firefighter Who Worked in Iraq

Posted February 8, 2007

A former Durham firefighter is in critical condition after a hit-and-run crash on Wednesday. Police say someone left Alvin Newsome  Jr. for dead.

"It came as a shock," said Chief Bruce Pagan, who visited Newsome's family in the hospital Thursday morning.

Pagan told WRAL that Newsome worked as a Durham firefighter for six years - much of it at Station No. 2.

In 2004, the 32-year-old retired and headed to Iraq to work for a private contractor, Pagan said.

"Alvin's a tough guy -- a physically tough guy -- strong and tough," Pagan said, also describing him as hard-working and well-liked.

Durham police say that on Wednesday afternoon, Newsome, on a motorcycle, was headed east on Holloway Street when a truck pulled out from Beasley Avenue in front of him. Newsome, authorities said, tried to avoid it.

Newsome suffered head, arm and lung injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

"We were trying to get to him. He was face down and wasn't moving at all," said Ahman Amos, who works nearby and saw the aftermath of the crash.

"The guy didn't even stop," Amos said.

Police say the driver, who was in a late 90s burgundy Ford F-150 pickup truck, pulled onto a side street and then sped off. Police said it had a Mexican flag hanging from the rearview mirror.

Amos did not have time to get the license plate number but says that in the past 24 hours since the crash, he has had time to reflect on Newsome.

"I said a prayer for him," Amos said. "I hope he comes out of this all right -- I really do.

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • kstor33 Feb 9, 2007

    NCfishfinder...good idea! Thanks for the reminder.

  • givitanam Feb 9, 2007

    piedmont, you jerkoff. I don't know if you misunderstood the article or what, but he IS alive. He and his family are in my thoughts.

  • Z Man Feb 9, 2007

    There are 2 reason to run. The first is you're drunk which (in this case) is possible but unlikely. The second is your 'paperwork' is not up to snuff, be it DMV or INS. Nuff said. I wish Mr. Newsome and his family only the best.

  • diwanicki Feb 9, 2007

    My prayers go out to him and his family. He is a hero indeed. I hope they catch this person. piedmont, That was not nice.

  • Toni Feb 9, 2007

    Praying for a healthy recovery

  • ncfishfinder Feb 9, 2007

    This is probably a good place to mention that if you're not a red cross blood donor, please consider it. You can help save the lives of folks like this gentleman. It doesn't cost you anything, doesn't take very long, and you'll never miss it. praying for his rapid recovery

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 9, 2007

    piedmont1fa -at- yahoo -dot- com
    You really are a "sensitive" person to say something like that. I guess it would have hurt you to send a prayer for this man versus the ignorant comment you posted.

    I pray that he recovers and all is well.

  • drpepperpro Feb 9, 2007

    piedmont1fa Don't post things like that. His family and friends are hoping for the best and you are going to say that he is already dead? Do you have no compassion. I know his girlfriend and she is trying, as well as his family, to hold on because he is a strong man. He has been working in Iraq for a while, and survives when so many others a dying. Then he comes home and this happens. Please, everyone. Just say a prayer, don't say that he is a gonner because he isn't. He is a fighter and until the end we should all have hope. Please watch what you say. Right now, words of hope is all the family needs. Please...

  • deerslayer Feb 8, 2007

    He was LEFT for dead. Still praying for his recovery. He is a hero indeed...

  • gratefultoGOD Feb 8, 2007

    a miracle huntleyyperez?? It will take one.. HE IS DEAD!