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Hit-and-run victim: 'I was underneath the truck'

Posted February 23, 2010

— Seth Thompson was at his father-in-law's house on N.C. Highway 27 in southern Harnett County when he heard a car horn honk. At first he though nothing of it, then he heard the honk again and saw a white pickup truck park in the driveway.

As Thompson testified Tuesday in the trial of Abdullah El-Amin Shareef, who is accused in a 2004 hit-and-run rampage across three counties, he recalled walking over and standing in front of the truck.

“The driver floored it and hit me with the truck, knocked me down and drug me 40 to 45 feet underneath the truck,” Thompson said.

Shareef, 31, of Raeford, is charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.

Shareef has undergone mental health treatment since his arrest and entered an insanity plea in 2008.

During opening statements on Monday, defense attorney Carl Ivarsson said his client was suffering from untreated paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the crimes.

Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney Cal Colyer said Shareef knew what he was doing when he "went on a murderous rampage" on the morning of April 14, 2004. Authorities said he stole a city-owned van in Fayetteville and headed north. He hit and injured three men in Fayetteville, then ran over Lonel Bass in Linden, killing him, authorities said.

Abdullah El-Amin Shareef Hit-and-run victim details attack

Shareef abandoned the van, took Bass' pickup truck and continued north, authorities said, running down Thompson in Harnett County before crashing the truck in Fuquay-Varina, where he was arrested.

“I was underneath the truck, just getting bulldozed,” Thompson said Tuesday.

Thompson, 34, was able to pry his arm from underneath the front passenger-side tire and stand up to look inside the truck. “He sat there and he looked at me and he started reaching down for something,” he said.

Fearing the man might be reaching for a gun or switching gears, Thompson ran.

Thompson said he got into his own truck and soon began pursuing the white truck. He said he followed the truck along N.C. 217 for a couple of miles and reached speeds of 90 miles an hour. “I was on the phone with 911 describing the truck and what had happened,” he said.

Thompson said the pick-up truck managed to elude him: “And he drove between a house to get to the next road, and by the time I turned around, I lost him.”

During the chase, Thompson said, the driver had no problem staying on the road and passing cars.

Prosecutors have cited Shareef's erratic driving as an example of someone who understood what he was doing.

"He was purposely weaving in and out of traffic," Thompson said.

Shareef’s trial had been postponed because he was considered unable to understand court proceedings. Court officials say medication has allowed Shareef to become competent to stand trial.

The incident left Thompson with road rashes all over his face and tire burns on his arm. Thompson also received up to six stitches.

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  • tootie Feb 24, 2010

    Sure knows how to work the system Insanity?!?! yea sure he knew what he was doing.

  • PurpleNGold Feb 24, 2010

    His mugshot is scary freaky.

  • thought Feb 24, 2010

    There should never be an insanity plea- that is made up stuff. He should be in a coffin like he did to someone else.
    I agree about this terrorism stuff. I know someone who was reported to the police as making a terroristic threat- but he never said anything to anyone- was thrown in jail. He never got to tell them that he never talked to the guy. The guy just didn't like him. The laws are messed up. SAa a life can be runined because you can say whatever you want.

  • Grandpeople Feb 24, 2010

    catalyst74

    Yes and why not? I think it speaks for itself.
    Grow up and take your head out of the sand.

  • Grandpeople Feb 24, 2010

    kcfoxie
    February 24, 2010 8:35 a.m.
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    I can only hope that you never suffer as these families have. You must be a liberal nut case that only sees roses and clean air. There is terror in this world and it is all around us. These cases need to be tried and the victims compensated. Can't wait until November.

  • kcfoxie Feb 24, 2010

    I hate the fact that people want to start blaming any and everything on terrorism. seriously, grow up.

  • Subdivisions Feb 24, 2010

    Forget terrorism, I'd like to see this tried as a hate crime.

  • BraveHeart Feb 23, 2010

    I agree with laursadad....hey catalyst74..I agree with you too..not

  • oleguy Feb 23, 2010

    He needs to be placed where he can no longer hurt anyone,

  • catalyst74 Feb 23, 2010

    The death penalty is appropriate for terrorist activity such as this. --laursadad

    Why would you say this was terrorist activity? Because of the name Shareef? The man was mentally deficient, not a calculated terrorist cell. While I agree Shareef should be euthanized or otherwise put out of "our" misery, using the term, "terrorist activity" doesn't seem to fit the bill. If this was the case, then terrorism would be slapped on every serial killer in addition to people like Osama Bin Laden.

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