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Raleigh pedestrian struck by police cruiser

Posted January 27, 2011

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— Raleigh police cited a man hit by a police cruiser while crossing Glenwood Avenue around midnight Wednesday.

Police said that Randolph Maurice Davidson, 27, of Raleigh, was walking home from work and entered the leftmost eastbound lane of Glenwood Avenue, near the Interstate 540 overpass. He was struck by a cruiser driven by Officer Matthew Harris.

Davidson was transported to WakeMed hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

He was cited for impeding the flow of traffic. 

In the report, police wrote that Davidson said he was walking in the median but didn't have good traction, so he went into the road to pick up speed.

The wreck report states that Harris was driving at 55 mph and hit Davidson at 50 mph. Police initially said that Harris was driving 58 mph. The speed limit there is 55 mph.

Police said in the wreck report that he was wearing a black jacket, jeans and dark shoes.


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  • CarolinaGirlRJA Jan 28, 2011

    @ melaniep -- You're almost impossible to respond to because I don't think I can put my statements into anything more simple for you to understand. Maybe you should try using that thing held up by your shoulders (that's called your head) and read back through the thread of comments and see the context and purpose for suggesting getting a cheap car versus paying for your phone + data plan every month. And how do you get an average of 7 in the household? I'm guessing you have a blended family since your husbands ex claims he owes on child support. Either way, if you invested half of the energy on something productive instead of just complaining and whining, you might actually get somewhere in life. One of my girlfriends is a single mom with 3 kids who works full time, and goes to school...and she does JUST FINE! So LOL @ you and your pathetic excuses.

  • rpb118300 Jan 28, 2011

    @ melaniep


  • MorrisvilleGirl Jan 28, 2011

    @melaniep - First off, it's ECONOMY. I know your phone didn't make you mess that one up. Second, the average job does not pay $7.25-9.50 an hour with an education. I haven't even finished my undergraduate and I am making $14/hr. Mostly because I've got my head on straight, I'm responsible, and I'm not a criminal who may have job opportunites taken away from me because of that. I am not assuming that you are not responsible or a criminal, but if you look hard enough you can find something that pays more than minimum wage.
    Also, an average household is not seven people. Most couples do not have 5 kids. I'm not sure where you got your statistics from but you might want to stop posting until you've figured out how to make a valid contribution...

  • melaniep Jan 28, 2011

    lol@ this person tryin to give tips about cars but lets really break down ok we got A: rent B: lights C: water&trash D: kids E: clothes F: food G:childcare ok so we got bills broken down now lets get down money in this econimey. So the average job in raleigh right now is anywhere from 7.25 to 9.50 an hour now this is even for a lot of people with an education but no jobs are open in his area of his education that this person just went and put themselves in debt for. So now we got one more bill to fork out for. Ok now if we got a family with an adverage of 7 in household and we got one parent working for 9.50 an hour and then we got the other parent working @ 7.50 and they both work anywhere from 35 to 40 hours ok so 7.50 x 35 hrs is what? 262.00 a week gross now we got 9.50x40 hrs a week is what? 380.00 a week gross.. Average rent is what 600 for just a one bed room and this dumb person wants me to buy a car?!?!? Are you stupid?!?! I

  • james27613 Jan 27, 2011

    He should have a reflective vest on, like construction workers.
    Walmart has them for a few bucks in the men's dept.

    >>Police said in the wreck report that he was wearing a
    black jacket, jeans and dark shoes.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Jan 27, 2011

    bknyny1979 -- You're as dumb as they come. If somebody buys some beater used car for $3,000.00 and finances it (because it's all they can afford) then a standard 60-72 months financing plus interest will be somewhere around $50.00. A little more if it's financed for 60 months. I'm thinking a car payment for a car really cheap, because clearly she claims to not have very much money. Why don't you use that seemingly hollow part of your body called your head before you start letting your pie hole run away from you.

    And no Shhhit sherlock! You DON'T have to be in the road to get hit by a car. But if you are walking on the side of the highway, the law states it's the pedestrians responsibility to walk in the direction against on-coming traffic and to be aware of their position.

  • cbarnes855 Jan 27, 2011

    OMG! Is it not enough punishment for this hanus crime of; GULP, walking briefly on the road that the man got hit by a 2-3 ton vehicle at 55mph! Thing is, it doesn't surprise me at all that the poor guy was charged with a crime cause that's how it's done there in most all of NC and that's why I left. I just chuckle at the stories there now!! So glad I don't have to put up with the taxes and cops there anymore.

  • bknyny1979 Jan 27, 2011

    a phone with a data plan can be purchased as prepaid for 50 bucks a month so whomever said that was a small car payment is as dumb as they come!

  • bknyny1979 Jan 27, 2011

    it seems to me that one does not have to be in the road to get hit by a car, remember last week or so a young man was hit by a car at a bus stop because the car jumped the curb, so it happens, and everything isnt just cut and dry. also alot of cops getting into accidents lately.

  • gammasandi Jan 27, 2011

    thehardway, your mama was so right...the obvious problem here is a violation of a God-given law by the walker: two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time...hello?