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Officer charged in Raleigh wreck

Posted November 6, 2008
Updated November 7, 2008

— Three people were injured Thursday night in a head-on collision involving an unmarked police car and a civilian vehicle, police said.

The wreck occurred in the 7300 block of Fox Road around 9 p.m., officers said.

The two officers, Thomas Patrick Kennedy and James Franklin Gheen, and civilian Ericka Denise Osborne were injured, police said. All three were transported to Wake Med with non life-threatening injuries.

Kennedy, 28, was charged with speeding. Both officers were given a seatbelt violation.

According to the wreck report the police vehicle was traveling east on Fox Road when it crossed the center line into the other lane hitting the civilian vehicle.


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  • cfarmer Nov 7, 2008

    His lights were on for sure, but I don't think the siren was. I could be mistaken.

    You must have been of the few cars that went through before the fire truck showed up. A man that must live in the house there was trying to direct traffic around it. I just tried to talk to the lady and calm her down until the police showed up. I figured the best thing I could do was to try to calm the situation, which obviously wasn't easy. They all appeared to be in shock, and I'd hate to see that go to something worse like cardia arrest.

  • inverito Nov 7, 2008

    cfarmer - I had to go very slowly. There was no one there as of yet, but another officer. A civilian was stopping traffic, so that I could nudge through. There was a young lady sitting on the ground with her head in her hands. Then I saw the officer just laying there. I couldn't help but cry. I went out on my deck when I did arrive home, hoping to hear more sirens - somehow letting me know that there were some people alive and I just prayed so hard that everyone would be okay. Yes, some officers probably take their positions for granted a little and it can be very dangerous. I see that point that some are getting across here. To drive up and see that scene was very uneasy. I myself have nearly been hit in that same exact spot. Even when you are just going 35mph, it is a tricky road to navigate. It is narrow and curvy and dangerous. It gives me peace of mind to know that everyone involved is still alive, as when you drove up upon this accident, like I had, it didn't look too promising.

  • Journey985 Nov 7, 2008

    cfarmer....you stated "The officer came around me pretty quick heading over the 540 bridge" Were his light or siren on?

  • Journey985 Nov 7, 2008

    It will be intersting to see if the officer is sited for crossing the center line and speeding and careless and reckless driving!!!

  • cfarmer Nov 7, 2008

    The cop on the ground had gotten out of the passenger side and had come over to the driver's side. Must have been adrenaline or shock...I helped him pry the driver door open so he could speak to his partner. After that, he went down to his hands and knees and rolled over. This was very scary stuff, and I can't shake it now...couldn't sleep last night...having a hard time working today...

  • Journey985 Nov 7, 2008

    Well, Well, Well, here is another shocking story of a LEO exceeding the speed limit...last time it cost a state trooper his life. I am glad that everyone involved will be alright, but when is something going to be done about this BLATANT disregard for public safety? Officers are not above the law, I followed a Durham officer from Apex on Hwy 55 to Durham, saw him switch lanes 4 x's W/O a signal (one of which he nearly cut off an SUV) I pulled up to advise him that I thought his turn signals may be burned out...He pulled me over for what he said "being a smart azz) No ticket issued, he just was abusing his power!! I was being sincere and that is the response I got. ENOUGH ALREADY! What about the 21yr old in Bahama that flipped a fire truck? Hold these people as accountable as we are held!

  • Hevans1012 Nov 7, 2008

    Wow that is some scary stuff! I hope everyone is alright. Fox Road is only 35 mph but no one ever heeds it. Except me because I got a ticket on that road. GRRR!

  • jlh4jdj Nov 7, 2008

    Wishing the best for all the parties. I hope there was an important reason the leo was speeding to endanger their's and the woman's life. I really hope we don't hear that they were after a speeder.

  • inverito Nov 7, 2008

    I was coming home, I live very nearby as well. To see an officer laying flat on the ground was a little scary. No matter what happened, I sincerely hope that all involved will be back to 100 percent soon. It was certainly upsetting to see that. Please be very careful when you drive this area. I live very close to here and A LOT of people speed and do cross the centerline. Please be careful everyone. You don't realize until you get into a crash, injured, and cannot heal fully. It only takes a second and then you have to live with the pain for the rest of your days. May each within that accident, regardless of who,what,how,why and the like, be okay. I'm sorry that it happened to you.

  • dta27615 Nov 7, 2008

    well, the other driver is screwed... thanks to the wake county commissioners who decided that wake county law enforcement vehicles don't need to carry insurance... no wonder they weren't letting people thru... they didn't want the public to see their mistake.