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Patrol considers speeding charges against trooper in fatal wreck

Posted March 12, 2012

A wreck on U.S. 301 North in Rocky Mount closed the road for about three hours on March 6, 2012.
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— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is consulting with the Nash County District Attorney's Office about a fatal wreck involving a state trooper last week, authorities said Monday.

Maurilia Solis Leon, 59, of Rocky Mount, died last Tuesday when a Highway Patrol cruiser sideswiped her car on U.S. Highway 301 as she exited the parking lot of a local Golden Corral, authorities said.

Trooper A.S. Samuel tried to swerve left to avoid the collision but struck the driver's side door of Leon's Dodge Stratus, authorities said.

According to the wreck report, which was released Monday, Samuel was driving at 53 mph in a 45-mph zone, but it wasn't clear whether he was at fault. The Highway Patrol is considering speeding charges against him.

Samuel has been placed on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation of the wreck. Such moves are customary when troopers are involved in incidents that result in injury or death.

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  • fayncmike Mar 14, 2012

    "OK First-LE does not have to run blue lights and sirens every time they go above the posted speed limit. I've seen more drivers than not make stupid moves when they see blue lights and hear sirens coming from behind. Second I promise not to speed except when I turn around on you, chase you down (with blue lights and siren of course) and write you that ticket for going 1 mph over the speed limit. Remember, your lawmakers made the law and you are not above it. If you speed, you get a ticket.
    surfin252sr"

    Oh how cool! I only wish you were a cop and did just that to me. I'd love to go to court with that one.

    The truth of the matter is that most cops are too busy sitting on their duffs texting to be bothered writing tickets for those that deserve them. Speeding is the least of the problem on our roads.

  • surfin252sr Mar 14, 2012

    OK First-LE does not have to run blue lights and sirens every time they go above the posted speed limit. I've seen more drivers than not make stupid moves when they see blue lights and hear sirens coming from behind. Second I promise not to speed except when I turn around on you, chase you down (with blue lights and siren of course) and write you that ticket for going 1 mph over the speed limit. Remember, your lawmakers made the law and you are not above it. If you speed, you get a ticket.

  • break on through Mar 14, 2012

    Just to add... EVERYONE is quick to point fingers and blame a person wearing a badge. How would you feel if it were YOU that were in the seat of his car. have you even *thought* about if you would feel you were at fault for the accident?! Highly doubt it.

  • break on through Mar 14, 2012

    I guess every law enforcement officer better write anyone traveling 8 miles over the posted speed limit. I see a lot more revenue for the state and local municipalities. State employees can look forward to a raise. Local agencies can afford new cars. This is wonderful news...well wonderful news for all but probably 85 percent of the drivers on the road. Guess our pockets will get even lighter when we all get tickets for doing 8 miles over the speed limit.

  • piene2 Mar 14, 2012

    “The only reason this wreck report shows him with any fault is because he is a trooper. The only reason they are considering charges is because he is a trooper
    leo-nc”

    Of course he will get a pass no matter what the circumstances. That is just how it is. The supremely arrogant cops have no respect for the laws they are paid to enforce and their fellow cops will never find against them. The answer is civilian review boards!

  • piene2 Mar 14, 2012

    "leo-nc

    I don't have to prove anything I've ever said. It's an "opinion" board. If you don't know what opinion means then perhaps you should look it up.

    2 months ago you claimed to be a SHP, before that you were SBI, before that you were on some special task force for the county, before that you were on some other special assignment for the president. Give it a break. Please. I don't really care what fantasies you harbor. No need to bring them into the forum though.
    love2dostuff"

    I am reminded of a great bit of dialogue from the film, The Untouchables."

    Ness: Hey, wait a minute! What the (heck) kind of policemen you got in this (gosh darn) city? You just turned your back on an armed man.
    Malone: You're a treasury officer.
    Ness: How do you know that? I just told you that.
    Malone: Who would claim to be that who was not? Hmm?

  • runfoolz Mar 13, 2012

    If you pull out into traffic, you better make sure you can do it safely. I always find it funny when I ask people" why did you pull out in front of the other car?" they will say "well, they were speeding!!!" You mean to tell me you pulled out in front of a speeding car!! not2bright!!!

  • brmyspots Mar 13, 2012

    @ lightfoot3

    no no no.....don't say anything like that. You'll be labeled as a "cop basher".

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 13, 2012

    I just thought of something. On the way to work this morning in the dark, I passed a cop that had a laptop computer in the car. I noticed it because the screen was very bright and I thought to myself that it would mess up one's night vision. There are applications that you can run to put the screen in "night mode" to better see when your using it in the dark. If this Rocky Mount cop had a bright computer screen on his right side, toward the front, that might be why he didn't see the lady in time to react. His view was hindered or obscured.

  • we2hedonists Mar 13, 2012

    Wow. The personal attacks on here are incredible. It was clear to me that the woman was at fault sitting sideways in the middle of the road but it is only my opinion.

    I always just take what leo-nc says with a grain of salt and always suspected he is not a police officer. The anonymity of the internet I guess. I have not seen L2DS claims except that he is military.

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