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Pedestrian injured when car jumps Durham curb

Posted September 13, 2011

— A 46-year-old man was seriously injured Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car in the parking lot of the Durham County Library on North Roxboro Street, police said.

The driver of a Buick Century was trying to back into a handicapped parking space at the library shortly after 11 a.m., police said, but accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes. The car jumped the curb, striking the man, who was on foot, and dragging him about 30 feet.

A handicapped parking sign, two planter boxes and a retaining wall were damaged in the accident, police said. No charges have been filed so far, but police are still investigating.

The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was taken to Duke University Hospital. His condition was not known as of Tuesday night.

The driver was not injured.


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  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Sep 14, 2011

    I just commented on "Buick" drivers last week.. I avoid getting behind Buick's and Oldsmobile's when ever I can. Their drivers can never seem to reach the gas, or find the break.

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  • oldrwizr Sep 14, 2011

    We really need to get tougher on old people who drive. They scare me to death.

  • anne53ozzy Sep 14, 2011

    There are posts that are installed around propane tanks and other hazardous areas to prevent cars from hitting them. Should they not be in front of these spaces for handicapped drivers?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 14, 2011

    It sounds like this person may actually have been handicapped and could have had a vehicle with the hand paddles for gas/brake. Who knows?

    Slight tangent...
    If this person was truly handicapped, it would a welcome change from all the non-handicapped people who park in those spaces and merely "borrow" a family member's placard. (According to NC law, you cannot be able to walk 200 yards without resting) Sorry, but this just burns me. I had to tell a 20-something coworker that if he parked his SUV in that spot again (using his mom's placard), that I was calling the police. I've also done this with a guy at the gym, at the tennis courts (he was a great player too) and more. I'm careful who I approach (you can't always see the problem) and haven't been wrong yet.