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Report: Officer was speeding, responding to call before wreck

Posted May 31, 2009
Updated June 1, 2009

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— A Raleigh police officer responding to a call from another officer was exceeding a safe speed when his cruiser hit an SUV turning onto Jones Franklin Road over Saturday night, according to the wreck report.

Officer D.V. Naumuk, 28, was traveling north at 77 mph in a 35 mph zone while Edwin Keith Cannon, 28, of Raleigh, was turning a 1998 Ford SUV left from a private driveway at 311 Jones Franklin Road around 8:40 p.m., the report says. Naumuk veered left and then right, but the vehicles collided, and the SUV overturned.

"Next thing I know, I am flipped upside down, and I am laying right there. I crawled out of the truck," Cannon said. "I'm just amazed I am alive."

Cannon was treated for minor injuries and released from Rex Hospital. He said he received abrasions and got some glass in his head.

Naumuk and Cadet Patrick Thomas Browne, 22, who was doing a ride-along in the cruiser, were not injured.

Cannon said that he was moving into the house this weekend.

A check-in call, such as Naumuk was responding, which means that an officer believes it will be wiser to handle a situation with two or more officers, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. It doesn't imply immediate danger but is considered a high priority for officers' safety, Sughrue said.

Vegetation obscured the both drivers' field of vision, the report says.

The report says that Naumuk slowed to 57 mph and left tire impressions for 68 feet and that Cannon had begun his turn and was merging onto Jones Franklin at 5 mph when the collision occurred. The vehicles traveled between 35 and 39 feet after the wreck.

"The speed that he was coming at, there was no time to react," Cannon said.

Drugs or alcohol are not suspected in the wreck, according to the report.

Sughrue said that the investigation was ongoing and charges were pending. Investigators were looking at whether the cruiser's lights and sirens were on.

"There were no sirens. The only noise we heard was the brakes lock up," witness Vaughan Davis said.

"I'm just glad that we are both safe right now," Cannon said.

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  • sunneyone Jun 2, 2009

    I agree with buckos, a ride-a-long is one of the most educational things you can do. It is a real eye-opener.

    melodiclaura, you're welcome. :)

  • buckos18 Jun 1, 2009

    Can you show me some statistic that shows police cause more wrecks than drunk drivers? Do you read your post before you hit the submit button? That is about the most ignorant/ill-informed comment I've seen. Someone else asked if a drug/alcohol test was done. I'm sure there is a city policy that if you are involved in a serious wreck you have to submit to a drug test. Its called civil liability. Also, if the officer didn't act impaired and there was no evidence to suggest same, why would a test be needed. There would be alot of officers tied up if they tested every driver involved in a wreck for drugs/alcohol if their observations didn't warrant it. Do you people get out of the house or look at things from all perspectives? Get out of your cubicles and do a ride-a-long with the police. Maybe you'll get to go real fast.

  • melodiclaura Jun 1, 2009

    "My point is there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. It's one of the most dangerous things an officer can do. So please don't disregard his destination. - Sunneyone"

    thank you..you said it before I could.

  • Timtooltime Jun 1, 2009

    I see an unmarked Trooper's car doing about 75 in a 55 down Capital Blvd every morning arond 5:30 am ! It is us and them ! I guess he did not want his coffee to be cold when he arrived @ Central HP on Newbern Ave ! Police please set an example ! Use you turn signals also !

  • whatusay Jun 1, 2009

    Seems there are more accidents with law enforcement officers than drunk drivers. Carelessness is not a defense. Lights and sirens on and "safe" speed regardless.

  • CrewMax Jun 1, 2009

    "Drugs or alcohol are not suspected in the wreck, according to the report."

    Huh. Seems like a stupid thing to do. I wonder why they didn't just do a test to quiet suspicion. What could it hurt?

  • crustyhalo Jun 1, 2009

    geez people, find something important to talk about

  • Mr. Iowa Jun 1, 2009

    You're all right, cops should do whatever it takes, laws and safety are not a concerned. Even if it was hitting kids walking across the street and not an SUV, the cop would still be in the right. Speed limits were made to keep the common citizen down, not for the safety of all travelers on the road.

  • sunneyone Jun 1, 2009

    I'm a former 911 operator. I did it for over 10 years. One of the things that we were constantly told in training was that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. Anything could pop-off at any given moment. So hearing an officer on a traffic stop ask for a check-in gives everyone a shot of adrenaline. I'm not arguing that the cop was in the right, I think he should have been using his lights and sirens I haven't seen anything saying he definitely wasn't. We have one witness report in this article saying they didn't hear them. He should have been going slower. I agree this accident was needless. I'm sure this officer is beating himself up as we speak. And obviously, the department is not just sweeping it under the rug.

    My point is there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. It's one of the most dangerous things an officer can do. So please don't disregard his destination.

  • Life-goes-on. Jun 1, 2009

    77 mph in a 35 mph zone with no siren for a non-immediate danger call. These immature and reckless clowns are 10 times more dangerous than drunk drivers.

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