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Lumberton man lay dying for hours after wreck

Posted August 13, 2010
Updated August 14, 2010

— A Robeson County man flung from his pickup truck in a wreck Aug. 6 was not found for hours, troopers said.

Randy Locklear, who lives nearby, was curious about the police activity and stumbled upon the victim – unconscious and barely breathing – in thick brush and briars along U.S. Highway 301 more than two hours after the wreck.

Troopers said Alexander Scott Everette, 18, of 1910 Lamb Road, was going about 90 mph when he ran off the road.

When Trooper Ronald Starling arrived on the scene, he searched the field and the woods. He found the mangled truck but no trace of the driver.

Starling checked the license plate and began searching for the truck's owner. "He left the scene to go to this residence to see if he could find the operator of the vehicle," said Trooper David Raynor. "It's our policy that we search that area, check local hospitals, go to the residence."

Once authorities left the scene, Locklear went to take a look around and found Everette.

"I was just pressed that someone could still be down here, with the condition the truck was in," Locklear said.

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Raynor said it is not uncommon for drivers to leave the scene of a wreck, no matter the condition of the vehicle.

He said it's likely Everette was ejected as his truck rolled, leaving him about 100 feet from the place the truck came to rest.

Locklear said he looked for about 20 minutes before finding Everette.

“I said, 'You have people looking for you. Help is on the way.' I said, 'Your mother wants to see you,'' Locklear said. "At that time, he responded a little bit more from the way he was breathing."

He called an ambulance, and paramedics hacked through the brush to get Everette out, but he died of his injuries.

"If they would have found him, and they would have searched for him, then he could have made it," Everette's mother, Peggy, said Friday.

Everette's father, William, questions how a civilian could find his son but not a trooper.

First Sgt. Freddy Johnson said Everette suffered "severe trauma," but no one knows whether he could have survived had he been found sooner. "You can lay there for five minutes and have serious, irreparable damage done,” he said.


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  • sunshineonmyshoulder Aug 16, 2010

    I also know of a Sampson County case just a few weeks ago, in which the road was secluded and speed was a factor. A motorist passing by called in the wreck, but called it in as abandoned. The first responders didn't respond because it was called in abandoned and the Highway Patrol didn't respond until a few hours later...whatever the reasons were. When athorities finally responded, the driver had been ejected from the vehicle and was found dead at the scene.

  • wildcat Aug 16, 2010

    Parents that have drivng kids, how is their driving. Do they wear their seat belts and follow the rules of the roads? Start checking and see.

  • sushatl Aug 16, 2010

    I know it has to be sad to loose your son. but come on he was doing 90 miles a hour with no seat belt. The parents should not blame some one else because their child did wrong and was having a bad day. The police did their job why does the parents want to sue the police department its not going to bring their son back at all. if it was me i would much rather have my son than the money but they have to think their son is in a better place and he is not doing 90 miles a hour thank god he did not hurt no one else! I know its hard on the parents now but they have to move on sometime because all the hate towards people that tried to help will not bring their so back at all.

  • down by the pond Aug 13, 2010

    i lost my younger and only brother in 2007. He was going about 80 in a curve and rolled,,,,of course, it was his fault,, it was a one vehicle accident(truck). It was at night ,,,in the country and it was some time before a car came upon the wreck,,, who knows how long he lay there, unconscious or near death.. Do NOT blame anyone that this young boy was not SAVED by LEO or a neighbor,,,, like my brother , he died as a result of his lack of judgment, no one can rescue them from that fate.
    I feel for the family, i have been there........

  • Bing Used Aug 13, 2010

    There can't be any worse pain than losing your child and knowing they were dying ALONE. His mother wants to believe he could have made it. My heart goes out to her and the rest of the family. We all are human after all and we all make mistakes.

  • com_mon_sents Aug 13, 2010

    That's right blame the trooper. It just amazes me how the public jumps down the throats of public servants that are out there to protect us from harm and keep us safe from the criminals of the world. They said that the paramedics had to "hack their way" through to get him, so that tells me without being there, he couldn't have been easily found. I'm sorry the mother lost her son, nobody should ever experience that kind of loss, however, don't blame someone that is there to help us all, just because your loved one did something recklessly!

  • NMBound Aug 13, 2010

    I couldn't agree more. It is sad for the young man to have lost his life and for his family to have to deal with their loss. It is also important that we as humans can only do so much. If I heard correctly no one in the family is blaming the LEO, so why start a fire when there is no fire? It has to be somewhat difficult for the LEO too as he was so close but did not find him. All involved are in my thoughts.

  • illegals--GO HOME Aug 13, 2010

    Okay. I have known the mother for about 5 years or so and I truly feel for her. I am also a retired LEO and have worked some similar scenes. I wish he had been found, but that is no guarantee. When a LEO finds a scene like that, they work hard to try to find any possible accident victims as none want someone to actually die because they weren't found or any other reason. He couldn't find him. LEO's also know that many driver's will leave the scene of an accident because they think they might get a ticket or be in serious trouble. So, naturally, with not finding a driver or passenger in awhile the trooper would have gone to the residence to try to locate the owner and possible driver or notify someone there. If they are not there, then they will try to again find any victims/drivers and such. But, by then the other guy had finally found Alex. I am so saddened that Alex died, but don't be so quick to blame the easy scapegoat being that trooper. You haven't been in his shoes yet!

  • kodac31 Aug 13, 2010

    The Trooper did his job. He searched the area. He then went to the residence to see if he could find the driver there. This is an unfortunate situation and a tragedy. This is yet also another one of the very difficult and stressful parts of a Troopers job, for which he will also have to deal with as he will hurt over this as well. Please folks, if you haven't walked in a Troopers shoes before, don't try to judge his duties.

  • NMBound Aug 13, 2010

    Unfortunately, it is not only our young people driving recklessly but adults as well. The posted speed limits are there for a reason and each of us think that we are invinsible at some time or another.