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Woman Hospitalized After Fayetteville Car Accident

Posted May 17, 2007

Traffic Accident (generic)

— Fayetteville police are investigating a wreck that left a woman in the hospital.

Investigators said the accident happened at around 2 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Sycamore Dairy Road.

Police said the car struck a red light camera. The camera then fell onto the roof of the car.

Emily May, 24, who was a passenger in the car, is in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

The car's driver, Danielle Polumbo, 20, was arrested and charged with DWI.


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  • Jordan May 18, 2007

    Both news articles state critical condition. However, both facebook sites dedicated to Emily show she passed yesterday. The phone call I received from a friend at NC State, said she has passed.

    I've attempted to call the hospital without any luck.

    I'm all the way out in california and have no reliable source. I only speak with Emily online, and haven't done so in a few months.I've had mixed emotions about this situation since the phone call yesterday, but I'd really like some reliable information.

    PLEASE : Do not post rumors.

    According to the hospital @ 5:27pm 5/18/07 she's in surgical intensive care.

  • dastars09 May 18, 2007

    as of 5:02 pm 5/18/07 from cape fear valley hospital Emily is NOT dead, she is in Intensive Care! Unless you know for sure don't say she has passed!!!

  • slknkl May 18, 2007

    since yesterday i have been reading that this young lady had passed away.however this morning the local paper said that she was in critical condition??? hate to see postings saying she had passed away and them not be true. does anybody know REALLY know the condition???

  • scottaprilwhite May 18, 2007

    Emily passed away today after donating her organs to help as many people as possible. She was a beautiful girl inside and out. Please keep her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

  • dastars09 May 18, 2007

    Emily is NOT dead, she broke her neck and is brain dead. Everyone pray for Emily and Danielle!

  • King Solomon May 18, 2007

    Just to let eveyone no who is concerned about Emily that she has not passed away but is still in critical condition. The Doctors are saying it is probably just a matter of time. So if you believe in a higher power it is time to take Emily in your prayers and ask for intervention.

  • kthorne May 18, 2007

    This is a very traggic event. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of all involved.

    With all the complaints of the red light cameras, this is another example of how they can impact saftey. Maybe Emily doesn't die if that redlight camera isn't there. Red light cameras are just a revenue generator and nothing more. (please note I am in no way diminishing the fact that they were driving while intoxicated). Its obvious that the red light camera was not secured properly to prevent it from falling in an accident. Accidents at intersections are not rare and IMO these either need to be moved to where they are not right on top of the intersections or removed all together!

  • nickyc6782 May 17, 2007

    Emily May passed away today. God Bless her and her family. She was a great person. We love you Em!

  • Jordan May 17, 2007

    Does anyone know the health condition on Emily? I see the report says 'Critical Condition,' but I was hoping for an update.

    This is crushing news, Emily is a wonderful person.

    My prayers are with her and her family.

  • ashcash21 May 17, 2007

    It was the camera falling through the roof that injured the passenger. Please keep in mind that BOTH women proceeded to enter the car, even though the driver was drunk. Please keep in mind that though this is a very sad loss, both young women were drinking. Though the driver was underage, they both should have been more responsible in their decision to drive. Both entered the car knowing that atleast the driver was drunk- maybe even the passenger.