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Parents of teen killed by state trooper's vehicle want answers

Posted October 29, 2014

— The parents of a 17-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper’s vehicle on Monday believe there’s more to their son’s death than what they’ve been told.

Chris McCray, of Stedman, was killed after darting onto the All-American Freeway and into the path of a vehicle driven by Trooper B.J. Holder.

McCray died at the scene. Holder, who was driving to a hospital for an earlier wreck investigation, was not injured.

Chris McCray’s mother, Mekre, said her son, his girlfriend and two others were crossing the highway, a regular shortcut from a nearby neighborhood to a shopping center.

Antonio Moore, Chris McCray’s father, said there was a fight just before his son went onto the roadway.

"It was a physical fight, from what we are understanding, and it appears my son was fleeing from someone," he said.

Witness accounts of where Chris McCray’s body landed, in addition to the path of the trooper’s vehicle, do not match with what Moore said he’s been told and where the teenager’s belongings were found.

Investigators said early evidence shows the trooper did not cause the collision. Fayetteville police are investigating what happened before the incident.

Authorities said they will not elaborate on new information that led to a closer examination of Chris McCray’s actions before the crash.

His parents just want answers.

"I am not saying they are trying to hide nothing,” Moore said. “I am not saying that’s what's going on. I am not trying to put them at blame. But I do want to know what happened."


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  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 30, 2014
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    Parents - teach you teens to stop, look and listen before entering a highway.

  • 678devilish Oct 30, 2014

    Even if the son was fleeing from someone who possibly was having an disagreement with him, I truly believe the parents needs to except the death and move on, as hard as it may seem. Answers is not going to bring their son back.

  • Freda93 Oct 30, 2014

    Any vehicle that would have been traveling in that lane @ that exact time could have hit this young man. The fact that it was a High Patrol is in my mind a non issue.

    If some one chased him on to the road, prosecute. If not. Terrible accident.

  • sinenomine Oct 30, 2014

    Actually the Highway Patrol does not have an untarnished reputation even among law-abiding people.

    It's an old story now but Trooper Stephanie Young was judicially determined to have abused her authority.

    "Trooper Stephanie Young arrested Rick G. Eatmon on May 25, 2005 while Eatmon was investigating a possible affair between his client’s wife and Rocky Mount Police Sgt. David Hawkins. Hawkins, who was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Nash County Sheriff at the time, is Young’s father."

    The article from which the quote is pulled may be found here:


    Additional stories and comment may be found at the website of the News & Observer (nando.com). I used the search term "trooper stephanie young".

  • Cindy Rose Oct 30, 2014
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    As sorry for the family as I am I have to ask; they seemed to know their son & his friends were crossing the All-American with some degree of regularity; did they not think that eventually this would have a tragic outcome for someone? It's a freeway with limited access. I don't drive it often but I've never seen anyone try to cross it on foot unless walking across an overpass and wouldn't dream of doing so. And at night? Again, sorry for their loss, don't know what else may have been going on, but that was a disaster looking a place to happen.

  • farm Oct 30, 2014

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    I feel so sorry for this family... but:
    What are you suggesting?
    He was buying groceries? He was poor? There is shopping on both sides of the A A Expressway.

  • Ronald Nunn Oct 30, 2014
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    What I don't understand is that these parents knew, by the mothers own admission, that their child was crossing this freeway as a "short cut" and not doing anything to change that practice. Here are some questions I would like answered by the parents. Why do you let your children cross a busy freeway at night? I don't recall ever seeing crosswalks across that freeway. Why don't you teach your children to use the bridge, that is clearly nearby, to safely cross the freeway? This is so unfortunate and I truly do feel badly for the parents, but the answer to their question is that their son was evidently involved in some type of altercation which caused him to to use poor judgement and run into the path of oncoming traffic and was struck, by pure coincidence, a state trooper.

  • imback Oct 30, 2014

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    Nor does any comment from you.

  • justabumer Oct 30, 2014

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    The highway patrol has an excellent reputation among law abiding citizens.

  • sinenomine Oct 30, 2014

    I have no knowledge at all of the circumstances of the young man's death and won't speculate.

    What I can relate is something which I have observed on a number of occasions.

    Many times I have observed groups of young people, very frequently young black men, to suddenly dart into traffic on busy thoroughfares. The fact that they often start from a crouch, like somebody starting a race, makes me think that it is almost a prank or competition or something of the sort. I have seen this happen often after dark. Particularly when the people have on dark clothing, as frequently seems to be the case, whatever they are doing or think they're doing takes on a particularly deadly potential.

    Again, I have no idea that this occurred here. I am simply saying I have seen it done way more than once and would suggest it as a possibility among other possibilities to be investigated.