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Raleigh police car rear-ended in wreck

Posted January 15, 2009

— A Raleigh police officer was injured Thursday morning in a vehicle collision on Poole Road at Carya Drive, a spokesman said.

The officer was making a U-turn when his patrol car and another vehicle collided. Police said the cruiser was hit from behind.

The officer was taken to Wake Med with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported and the cause of the wreck had not been determined.


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  • leo-nc Jan 15, 2009

    There is no information here to make a decision on what exactly happened or who was the contributing factor.

  • soccermomof2guys Jan 15, 2009

    Youcanthandlethetruth: you are not as smart as you think!!! CASE CLOSED!!!

  • JAT Jan 15, 2009

    the cause of the wreck was a cop not looking where he was going and turning in front of someone. how hard is that to determine?

  • grayboomerang Jan 15, 2009

    Interesting...when a girl slammed into me at an intersection a few years ago (I was stopped, she wasn't paying attention/on cellphone and didn't realize that traffic was stopped)..NO ONE got a ticket. I was told NC is a "no fault" state. The police officer had us exchange insurance info and he left.

  • RonnieR Jan 15, 2009

    Lucky he did not turn in to a char broiled officer, those P71s have a bad habit of burning when struck in the rer due to gas tank rupture. Very lucky guy!

  • think_again Jan 15, 2009

    I had a police office make a u-turn in front of me, as he was going to pursue someone else who had made an illegal u-turn. The office never saw me. I had no escape route and no room to stop. I also had a witness ( who thanked me for not hitting him head on trying to avoid the police car ). The city's insurance paid for my vehicle. Yes, the police are responsible for their driving too and also like me, sometimes make mistakes.

  • sadler19fan Jan 15, 2009

    My son did the exact same maneuver as the cop but he was a little farther along in his U turn so the driver that hit him saw more than just his rear end, he saw the entire side of the truck. Of course my son got the ticket. Lesson learned!

  • Steve Crisp Jan 15, 2009

    No, not case closed.

    In the mid-1970s, I was driving down New Bern Ave heading away from downtown, running about 40 mph in moderate to heavy traffic. I was in the right lane. Suddenly, a taxi in the left lane swerved into the gap between me and the car in front, then hit his brakes to turn right. I plowed him in the rear.

    He was cited for unsafe movement and his insurance had to pay for my damages.

    So yeah, not every rear end collision is the fault of the car in the back.

  • Your-a-daisy-if-you-do Jan 15, 2009

    So if in the process of making the u-turn the officer pulled in front of someone who did not have time to react to someone cutting them off, then the officer is in the clear ? Come on, we all have to make sure the actions we take behind the wheel are safe to perform. I dont know who was at fault but, If the officer cut someone off while performing his turn because he didnt make sure it was safe to do so,then he/she deserves the same trouble as anyone else would get. If he/she did nothing wrong,the other driver should pay. I'm sure most everyone has made a mistake while driving their vehicles,officers are no exception !

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Jan 15, 2009

    He got hit in the rear! It is the fault of who hit him. Case closed! Read NC law.