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Quadriplegic injured in Carrboro hit-and-run

Posted June 22, 2011
Updated June 23, 2011

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— A Carrboro man in a motorized wheelchair was the victim of a hit-and-run driver on Sunday, police said.

Ronald Glenn suffered two broken legs and a broken elbow and is recuperating in UNC Hospitals. He said Wednesday that knowing someone left him injured on the side of the road hurts as much as his injuries.

"I like to forgive people, but it's hard for me to even think about that right now," Glenn said.

The hit-and-run occurred Sunday afternoon on the Jones Ferry Road exit ramp from N.C. Highway 54. Glenn, who has limited movement from the neck down from a previous spinal cord injury, said he was returning home in his motorized wheelchair after buying his daily lottery ticket.

"All of a sudden, this car just came out of nowhere, and he smacked me head on," he said.

Debris from the collision still littered the side of the road three days later. Police said Glenn was within his rights to be in his wheelchair where he was.

"It's enough clearance for cars, and it's enough clearance for people to be walking," Glenn said of the exit ramp.

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"It made me so angry that someone would do that to a defenseless person," said Shirley Johnson, Glenn's sister. "This has taken something from him."

The only information Glenn and other witnesses could provide to police was that he was hit by a blue or green sedan. Investigators said the car likely has extensive front-end damage.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Carrboro police at 919-918-7399.

Johnson said she hopes police apprehend the driver.

"Say you're sorry, you know. Say something, you know, because that person has taken something from my brother," she said.

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  • darkeyeddaisy Jun 24, 2011

    To the person referring to registration and taxes on the wheelchair...Do you pay registration and taxes on your legs? He uses this chair because he cannot use his legs and CANNOT WALK. Ignorance of the public never surprises me. Of course...opinions change when it is you or one of yours effected. This man may not own a car and this may be his only way of getting to the store. Of course most of you reading this article can walk and have a normal life....

  • dirkdiggler Jun 23, 2011

    "I'm HOPING that mileage wrote sarcastically. "

    Of course it was, and that was pointed out about a zillion times. Why are people reluctant to read all the comments before making one of their own?

  • Scubagirl Jun 23, 2011

    "but mileage v3.0 has somewhat of a point"

    I'm HOPING that mileage wrote sarcastically.

    This is a very sad story and I'm not hopeful that the driver will turn himself in as he's in more trouble for hit/run than had he stopped at the time.

  • mjlt3 Jun 23, 2011

    How sad... that someone would do this to someone in a wheelchair (per say) you wouldn't leave a dying dog on the side of the road nevertheless a human (come on world) I hope they find this beast! I see this all the time people in motorized wheelchair on the road (they have to use caution and realize that with limit mobility they have to play it safe) that they are NOT riding or should I say driving a CAR. My prayers goes out to this young man

  • dimon Jun 23, 2011

    I wish Mr. GleNn a speedy recovery, and I'm hoping that the person that did will soon come forth.

  • mypookie1 Jun 23, 2011

    How sad hope this poor man recovers-how can anyone do this?
    Prayers are with him. mypookie1

  • seankelly15 Jun 23, 2011

    Genie v2.0 - "I understand that is his mode of transportation, but Jones ferry is HEAVILY travelled. I would never ride a chair throught there. A bike has a much easier time adjusting speed, moving if need be, I see those "chairs" on the road and it makes me mad, not because they don't have a "right" but because it is dangerous.

    The person that hit him should own up to it, but someone in his family should be taking him to run his errands"

    That's right... he should be a 'shut-in' because it makes YOU mad go look at people in motorized wheelchairs. The WHOLE POINT of a motorized wheelchair is to provide some level of independence THAT ALL OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED. Here is a clue... get mad at the speeders, the reckless drivers, the distracted drivers.. the just VERY bad drivers that put pedestrians, children, animals, the handicapped... and all of the rest of us in danger. THAT IS WHO YOU SHOULD BE MAD AT!!!!!

  • rayne0524 Jun 23, 2011

    I wish Mr. Glenn a speedy recovery. You & your family will be in my prayers.

  • mrsox05 Jun 23, 2011

    I got this exit ramp every day to get my daughter from day care. Some days I see this gentlemen on the ramp and some days I do not. I remember the 1st time I saw him and I was thinking to myself, I hope no one hits him, and I will be doggone if someone didn't!! Poor guy. I feel bad for him, but that is a busy exit ramp and I myself wouldn't walk there, much less ride in a motorized chair. All those cars going down the exit ramp from 54 driving like maniacs. He should be thanking God that it hadn't happened before now and that he is still alive.... Whomever did it should come forward...

  • carrboroyouth Jun 23, 2011

    Also I am ashamed that this took place in Carrboro :[ I thought we were better than this! I hope someone's nagging conscience will bring themselves forward.

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