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Hit-and-run victim prays for driver that injured him

Posted December 28, 2009

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— A Raleigh man seriously injured in a Sunday morning hit-and-run said Monday he is praying for the driver who hit him.

Jimmy Lee Brown, 49, was driving about 65 mph on eastbound Interstate 40 near Harrison Avenue shortly after midnight Sunday when a silver Lexus going more than 90 mph crashed into the back of his Geo Prizm, the state Highway Patrol said.

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"I remember hearing this vehicle coming up behind me very fast," Brown said Monday from his bed in the intensive care unit at WakeMed in Raleigh.

He said he looked up to see the car's headlights in his rear-view mirror and had one thought.

"I remember saying, 'Oh my God,'" he said.

The impact sent Brown's car spinning more than 500 feet into a guard rail and left him with a fractured neck. He was listed in good condition Monday.

The Lexus was abandoned nearby, but the driver fled the scene before state troopers arrived. Troopers said they believe someone came to pick up the driver.

Troopers are using the registration information from the Lexus to track down the driver, and they said charges are pending in the case.

Brown said he feels lucky he wasn't paralyzed and looks forward to a full recovery.

"It was totally irresponsible, but there again, my father taught me you have to pray for people like that," he said.

Eugene Brown said his prayers are focused on his son's health.

"I'm just praying he can get back to what he loves best, and that is music," Eugene Brown said.

Jimmy Brown is a music producer and said he must be content to listen to the soft hum of machines in his hospital room until he can get back into his studio.

"Even when I don't have an instrument with me, (music is) going through my mind," he said.

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  • Diabolical Dec 29, 2009

    Good luck in finding the guy.. I doubt you ever will. Someone who takes responsibility that will be the first. Hope you feel better.

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    I'll give you 100/1 odds it was an illegal alien with no license! The car may be registered, but I'll bet they weren't the person behind the wheel, unless it was an illegal with a valid license.

    Mostly likely you are right. Of course the illegal will switch places with the legal and move on. How they get a license to drive or a vehicle to drive is beyond me. Maybe they don't take the same test as the American citizens do.

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    This is awful. This could have been me or anyone. I sure hope they catch this person, and soon. He/she should have to pay for all medical expenses that this man occurs and pay for the damages to his car. If anyone knows who this person is, they should call the police now.

  • go4gin Dec 29, 2009

    I'll give you 100/1 odds it was an illegal alien with no license! The car may be registered, but I'll bet they weren't the person behind the wheel, unless it was an illegal with a valid license.

  • tootie Dec 29, 2009

    My prayers for Jimmy & his family & may they find the person that hurt him.

  • squirrelsunlimited Dec 29, 2009

    Our prayers go out for you Jimmy.

  • dh1964 Dec 29, 2009

    "Well, there can be two explanations here: 1. Illegal immigrant 2. Illegal activity."

    Um, yes, running into someone at 90 mph and then fleeing the scene are both illegal activities. Nice detective work, Sherlock.

  • Killian Dec 29, 2009

    timothycapwell said, "Well, there can be two explanations here: 1. Illegal immigrant 2. Illegal activity"

    Illegal activity? Wow, that's impressive. Hit and run illegal? I'll take "Captain Obvious for $400, Alex."

    2. Illegal immigrant? Driving a Lexus? Maybe I'm being stereotypical here, but most of the illegal immigrants busted don't drive cars like that.

    Mr. Brown, if you a music lover, I hope that someone brings you an mp3 player filled with your favorite music. When my father was in a coma, I did it for him, as he was a lover of classical music. It calmed him, especially after he came out of it and got agitated at times.

  • LocalYokel Dec 29, 2009

    I pray that they catch the bad driver that did this to you Mr Brown.

  • timothycapwell Dec 29, 2009

    Well, there can be two explanations here: 1. Illegal immigrant 2. Illegal activity

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