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No charges in collison that killed Selma man

Posted July 15, 2009
Updated July 16, 2009

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— Troopers in Johnston County said no charges have been filed against the driver who hit  Kenneth Alan Neumyer Jr., 36, of 408 Godwin St. in Selma, early Wednesday.

Neumyer had been drinking and passed out in the road,  troopers said. Walter Brown Hall III, 56, of Raleigh was driving an SUV when he hit Neumyer at 923 Crocker St. around 2:30 a.m.

Hall told authorities the victim was lying in the street. 


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  • ncngsoldier Jul 17, 2009

    Thank you Ken's nephew for sharing this. I have known Ken for the last year or so and I will miss him. Comments such as the previous ones come when news agencies publish reports based on assumptions and not facts.

  • acat2893 Jul 16, 2009

    He was my Uncle and the whole story has not been released. We received the autopsy a little while ago and it shows that he was hit twice. The first time was a hit and run which explains why he was lying in the street when the second car came. This case has now been moved to Homicide and my uncle was found not to be at fault. To set the record straight he was not just aimlessly walking around the streets. He went out with some friends for his day off and instead of driving after he had a few drinks he decided to walk home as not to harm anyone else. Who knew that he was the one who was going to be harmed on a night where he was thinking about the safety of others. RIP uncle Kenny

  • leo-nc Jul 16, 2009

    Did I say all situations? No. Fools

  • lkanzig Jul 15, 2009

    "Drunk people lay in the road like this because as the air gets cooler at night the road is still warm from the days sunlight. They lay down to get warm."

    you have got to be kidding me!
    he passed out because he was too drunk, not to get warm.
    is this a common problem? people laying in the road to get warm at night? get a blanket!
    thanks for being a darwin awards winner!

    i h

  • dugmeister Jul 15, 2009

    I love all the experts on 'swerving' - One blanket statement stated by an 'expert' to cover all situations. like it doesn't matter if you are driving a Porche or a clunky old SUV. Sorry, but that ain't how this works. Every situation is different, vehicles are different, roads are different, and drivers react differently. Yeh, I am an expert too.

  • ngsoldier13p Jul 15, 2009

    For everyone on here giving out driving advice, I would like to see how you would have reacted when put in this situation. It is really easy to be criticize after the fact. The fact of the matter is, you weren't there, so you don't know. Both as a soldier and as a LEO in NC, I have made decisions and performed acts that others have criticized after I had done them, people who weren't there and had no clue what the circumstances were. They were wrong, and so are you. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased and to the driver. Taking a life is not an easy thing to deal with, even when you are called on to do it. I can't begin to imagine what it feels like to do it accidentally

  • FromClayton Jul 15, 2009


  • misschris234 Jul 15, 2009

    "Swerving can kill you. I had a college room-mate that swerved to miss a deer and was killed when the vehicle flipped"

    If you are going 25-35 mph and you swerve to miss something in the road, and you flip your car, you needed a new car anyway ;) Yes, swerving at a high speed (interstate, highway, etc) can cause a vehicle to flip... secondary roads, your speed should be MUCH slower.

  • adnsgl Jul 15, 2009

    "This was not a major highway, or even a minor one. Swerving certainly wouldn't have killed you, stopping probably would have been easier."

    Swerving can kill you. I had a college room-mate that swerved to miss a deer and was killed when the vehicle flipped.

    I've seen 1 accident because of a fool swerving to miss a ringknecked pheasant and just last month on Falls some nitwit ahead of me swerved to miss a worthless groundhog and nearly caused an accident.

    The best thing is to just maintain course and run it over.

  • commandokidd Jul 15, 2009

    I would have to agree with leo-nc, even swerving to miss something in "your lane" can put u in a ie.. head-on collision, a tree or ditch. Its up to the individual driver at the time to make the decision to avoid or not. I've taken out numerous squirrels, rabbits and racoons b/c either cars were coming at me, or the conditions of the road were to hazardous to swerve,ie::Rain. I grieve for the family of the deceased but sounds like a few in here need some defensive driving courses.