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911 callers: Huge fight broke out after man hit pedestrian

Posted March 22, 2011

— The Vance County Sheriff's Office released 16 calls that were placed to 911 within five minutes Saturday night after a driver accidentally hit a pedestrian near Henderson and then was pulled from his vehicle by bystanders.

Callers described a huge fight that had broken out in the middle of Raleigh Road after Reuben Wright, 19, ran out into the road in front of a car. According to police, the driver had no chance to see him or stop before hitting him. Wright's head crashed through the front windshield.

He is listed in critical condition at Duke University Hospital.

The first calls that came in reported a person hit by a car.

"Somebody ran over someone," one caller told dispatchers.

But then callers started reporting a chaotic scenatio, when bystanders pulled the driver from his car and began beating him while other people ran up and down the street yelling.

"They're running up the street saying they're going to kill everybody," one caller said.

"Something really bad is going on here," another caller told dispatchers. "Somebody's getting hurt really bad."

Cindy Harris, of Kittrell, said she was behind the driver, who didn't want his name released out of fear for his safety, on Raleigh Road and watched the entire event. She called 911 and reported that bystanders pulled the driver from his vehicle, laid him on the ground and began kicking and beating him.

The man managed to run to a passing truck and ask to be taken away from the scene, she said.

"He said, 'Please let me get in here. They're going to kill me,"" Harris said.

"I just needed you to know the only reason he got in that truck and left is because they were beating him up so bad," she told dispatchers.

The driver was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, where he was treated and released. His daughter was hit in the head by one of the bystanders, who accompanied Wright to the hospital, at Maria Parham, authorities said.

No charges have been filed, but Sheriff Peter White said suspects have been identified and he did anticipate arrests.


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  • dlk13ster Mar 23, 2011

    "No Gov is going to sick the Guard on black communities."-fatchanceimwrong

    Well, actually, with respect that's PRECISELY what the California and Illinois state gov. did during the race riots of the 1970s and 1990s. But, that was in accordance with their mandate to "quell violent insurrection and restore order," and required a declaration of a state of emergency.

    Mobiilizing the state militias or national guards against gangs is a more troublesome matter, but it's not COMPLETELY without legal precedent. But unless there's some SERIOUS violence widespread chaos (e.g. a full-blown gang war), it would, effectively, be legal and political suicide.

  • theendoftheroad Mar 23, 2011

    Guess you folks didn't read my earlier post... the HPD and sheriffs are in short supply and under paid because of the low tax base.... It is rare to find one that has been on the job more then 2 years... This was county not city
    and yes.. the Leos are told to tread lightly so as not to stir up trouble....

  • joeydirtwood Mar 23, 2011


  • shoyaryt Mar 23, 2011

    dlk13ster... I realize that some Americans would have a problem with military actions against "americans", and in regards to state and local government; I believe governors are in charge of the state's National Guard, so I say let's put them to state-wide use. I'm probably better off wishing to hit the lottery, but I'd still like to see it happen.
    Just don't vote "Shoyaryt" for Governor! LOL

  • myprayers Mar 23, 2011

    Bad things happen like this everywhere these days. No place is exempt. Worked with Law Enforcement for many years and know you just can't handle things as quickly as the public thinks they should. Forget to cross a T or dot an i and the whole case is gone.

  • lisapeters Mar 23, 2011

    WOW....... the police in that town should hang their badges up, it's criminal what they are doing!!! It was an accident, the guy ran in the street............ lock the whole block up and teach them a lesson on how to cross a street. I feel for the man and too bad his daughter had to be traumatized by the whole mess!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Mar 23, 2011

    The guy who was attacked has no chance at getting a fair ending. Even if he sued everyone involved, he would only receive about $74 and a Slim Jim.

  • Familymatters Mar 23, 2011

    I'd like to know how long it took for a response to be made to the first 911 call by an officer...This is in the city limits and one of the shadier parts of town...where were all the cops??? Why not post this wral it's public record also???

  • dlk13ster Mar 23, 2011

    "I just wish the government would identify and pursue gangs and violent communities with the same intensity as terrorists."-shoyaryt

    With respect, I actually agree, to a certain extent.

    The problem is that the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security (which are used to combat terrorism and dictatorship abroad) receive substantial funding from the gov. (both Dem AND Rep), while the departments of public safety (which are state- and local-level organizations) receive substantially less funding.

    That is to say: terrorism and foreign relations are considered national concerns, and receive funding accordingly. But crimes--even gang-related crimes--are considered a state and local problem, and it is left to the state and local gov. to combat them.

    Unless we're willing to give our state, county, and local PDs the same level of funding and support that federal agencies get to enforce THEIR mandate (like the FBI's Org. Crime task force), the problem will likely continue, unabated.

  • Mr. D3 Mar 23, 2011

    Politicians will never admit this is anything other than "an unfortunate isolated incident" because these criminals, and their friends and families, who also think this behavior is acceptable,