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Off-duty Sanford officer involved in fatal wreck

Posted January 21, 2011

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— A Sanford police officer could face charges after being involved in a fatal wreck Friday morning while off duty, authorities said.

Capt. Reginald Petty was southbound on Horner Boulevard shortly after 8 a.m. when his Cadillac struck the back of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup that had slowed to make a left turn near Hill Avenue, according to the state Highway Patrol.

The collision sent the pickup into the northbound lane, where it was hit on the side by a Toyota SUV, authorities said.

The driver of the pickup, William Thomas, 61, of Oakleaf Road in Sanford, died en route to Central Carolina Hospital. Petty was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the SUV, Nancy Pajdo of Sanford, was uninjured.

Sanford police initially responded to the wreck, but they asked the Highway Patrol to investigate the case once they realized Petty was involved.

Troopers said speed might have been a factor in the crash, but the patrol's accident reconstruction team needs to determine what exactly happened and how fast each vehicle was traveling.

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  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jan 24, 2011

    that is correct HP RECON UNIT... THEY WILL FOLLOW EVERYTHING...I HAVE ONE WORKING ON THE DEATH OF MY HUSBAND RIGHT NOW, AND HE IS COVERING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. AND THAT ACCIDENT WAS IN JULY 2009...I MAY NEVER KNOW WHO DID THE HITTING AND RUNNING, BUT HE WILL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

  • wakeconative4ever Jan 21, 2011

    I don't think he will get off if he is guilty. If the Hwy Patrol Recon Unit is going to take over and investigate I can assure you that no stone will be left unturned and those guys sure aren't gonna put their jobs on the line for anyone.

  • x138GMOU Jan 21, 2011

    I disagree, they wouldn't say "local Pharmacist" or "Baptist Preacher" or "off duty fireman" or "Lawyer" caused a wreck. It's not news unless they make it news. WRAL definitely is in with N & O in their cop bashing. You and I don't have any more business knowing their business than we do anyone else's. Let 'em do their job and leave 'em alone. People need to get a life!

  • gordonbabe Jan 21, 2011

    I went to school with Reggie... he was "by the book" cop always and was pretty religious. He's probably really upset about this whole situation. He'd be the first one to accept any charges filed if it truly was his fault.

  • bombayrunner Jan 21, 2011

    i would not beat on sherlock too badly, wasnt it last month a durham police car hit another car and the durham cop was DWI.

  • bombayrunner Jan 21, 2011

    for all we know cops make fatal mistakes too, we know they speed and get away all the time. they boast about it.

  • bombayrunner Jan 21, 2011

    he'll get off.

  • Ohprah Jan 21, 2011

    That street is 35 mph. You tell me what you would think if he wasn't a cop.

  • boingc Jan 21, 2011

    "WHY does "Off Duty Officer" have to be the headline in an accident "news" report."

    Because he was, and this is a news organization. If they didn't point it out then someone else would, and call them out for not reporting the news. Get over it.

  • boingc Jan 21, 2011

    "For all we know at this point, the truck stopped short in front of the Caddy."

    In which case the average person would be held accountable for following too close. Remember -- if you hit the person in front of you then it is your fault, because you're supposed to leave enough room to stop.

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