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Car Crash Injures Rocky Mount Officer, 2 Others

Posted April 29, 2007

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— A Rocky Mount police officer was injured Sunday morning in a collision at an intersection in the city between his cruiser and another vehicle, police said.

Officer Allen Silver was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he was listed in critical condition late Sunday afternoon.

Silver was heading north on Woodruff Street and a sport-utility vehicle was going east on Hunter Hill Road, police at the scene said. The crash occurred in front of the L&L convenience store and Exxon station at Hunter Hill Road where Woodruff Street turns into Winstead Avenue.

Firefighters had to use rescue tools to cut Silver free from the cruiser.

"I was just like, 'Oh, I hope he's okay,'" said witness Douglas Barfield. "I didn't see any movement at all in the car. And as they were cutting him out, you couldn't hear anything."

The driver of the SUV, Kenneth Hibbler, and his 11-year-old son were taken to nearby Nash Memorial Hospital, police said. Hibbler was treated and released, but the condition of his son was unknown.

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  • Notinitforthemoney May 1, 2007

    MeHat, first of all no one has placed blame on who was at fault. Maybe thats why they are called accidents and people like yourself are called Jerks. To say something like that, while Officer Silver is laying in PCMH in critical condition is insane. Maybe you might want to think if you were getting robbed or held by gun point, how fast would you want an officer there. Excuse and officer who loved his job and was trying to help someone else out. I think some people in NC just don't get a clue what law enforcement officers really go through on a day to day basis. I mean I grew up in the NORTH and law enforcement gets treated a lot differently up there. Mehat maybe you need to go look at the way things are up there and then think before you say something as stupid as you did. RMPD OFFICER

  • poetikjustice24 May 1, 2007

    MeHaT,

    I find it utterly appauling that you would dare blame the officer in the incident. It is North Carolina LAW that you stop when you see an emergency vehicle. And to even try to say something like that has angered me to no end. Officer Silver, is a very close friend of mine. He was my roommate in college and my best man at my wedding. To even say that we should blame him for the incident is ignorant. You don't know him and you have no right to speculate. You haven't seen him and his condition at PCMH...So please respect him, his family, and especially his friends. I cannot believe anyone would even say something like that...keep your comments to yourself!

  • rvrs480 Apr 30, 2007

    My prayers continue to go out to Rocky Mount Pd and to the Officer injured, Hope he pulls through. Hang in there and pull through you have alot of ppl praying for you,

    Wesley Porch
    Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad, Roanoke Rapids NC

  • amberths09 Apr 30, 2007

    my prayers and thoughts go out to everyone involved, when i went by and saw the 2 cars like they were it amazed me to find out later they were all still alive _Rocky Mount Police Officer_

  • MeHaT Apr 30, 2007

    My heart goes to all the families involved in this horrible accident. My husband and I were passers-by and my stomach fell to the floor. It was the worst thing that I have ever seen in my life.......

    But I would like to say that everyone is always blaming the driver in the SUV....Has anyone ever thought that maybe this was the officer's fault???? Come on people, he was en route to a robbery and chances are he didn't stop or slow down to see if any cars were coming. Granted his lights and sirens may have been on, but he is the one that we speeding.

  • godofwar1 Apr 30, 2007

    Firecaptain said: It's clear to me that you have a bad case of Hypocrisy. Unless this accident occurred in your front yard, your "down the road" proximity does not give you just cause to raise the number of "spectators" by one. Also, your "b/f''s" status as a paramedic does NOT give you the authority to walk, ride a bike, or jump in the car with him to and go to an emergency scene. If your "b/f" was not on duty, or within a volunteer jurisdiction where he is a member he too was no more than a "spectator" who could have done no more than BLS care under the Good Samaritan Law. That's because the law restricts ALS equipment in personal vehicles. Although, if he does "act" he can be held liable because he has an EMT license and a scope of practice. Tell us, what was your "job" at this scene? Spectator Police???

    Great response!! Please run for Mayor of Rocky Mount- we need someone like you in office. Heck you already got my vote.

  • firecaptain2000 Apr 30, 2007

    Additionally, I want to say I've worked many scenes in my 22 years with fire and EMS and I've encountered "spectators" myself. Particularly when there is a fatality I have strong feelings about respecting the victims privacy. Sometimes that's not possible when working with a trauma patient because privacy just has to take a backseat to effective patient care when someone's life hangs in balance. However, keep in mind it's not against the law to be a "spectator". What those people did is not illegal and you are trying to apply your morals and values to them. I would venture to guess that some of those "spectators" were witnesses waiting to talk with LEO's, or they were stuck in gridlock. Curiosity is the way we learn about the unknown. Hypocrisy is how we judge others by their actions while wanting to be judged by our intentions. Let's face it... Fire, Police and EMS is some interesting stuff... otherwise you wouldn't have gone to the scene with your "b/f"..... right???

  • Munchie Apr 30, 2007

    I too hope all involved will be well.

    As an SUV owner/driver, I know how to drive my vehicle. I understand how my vehicle operates. Not all SUV drivers drive like they own the road. This article doesnt even state how the accident occured. There are plenty of save SUV drivers out there.

  • firecaptain2000 Apr 30, 2007

    Re: Browneyedgirl_142 "I live right down the road from the scene of the accident and I was at the scene because my b/f is an EMT-P"

    It's clear to me that you have a bad case of Hypocrisy. Unless this accident occurred in your front yard, your "down the road" proximity does not give you just cause to raise the number of "spectators" by one. Also, your "b/f''s" status as a paramedic does NOT give you the authority to walk, ride a bike, or jump in the car with him to and go to an emergency scene. If your "b/f" was not on duty, or within a volunteer jurisdiction where he is a member he too was no more than a "spectator" who could have done no more than BLS care under the Good Samaritan Law. That's because the law restricts ALS equipment in personal vehicles. Although, if he does "act" he can be held liable because he has an EMT license and a scope of practice. Tell us, what was your "job" at this scene? Spectator Police???

  • knk2002 Apr 30, 2007

    First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with both families! Secondly, I live right down the road from the scene of the accident and I was at the scene because my b/f is an EMT-P. There were so many "spectators" taking pictures of the accident while the firefighters and EMS were trying to free the police officer from his car. This is not some kind of sport. How would you feel if this were your family member and people were stopping, parking their cars, and going to stand as close as they can to take pictures of the accident? Come on people, have you ever heard of RESPECT??????? It makes me so mad when I see people doing this. And one of the main reasons they do this is so that they can smake money off of the pictures they have taken by selling them to places like the newspaper and such! And just one more thing, how much do you want to bet that most of these people were stopping to "watch" this horrific event just because they saw that it involved a police officer?

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