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Sanford officer charged in fatal wreck

Posted January 28, 2011

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— A Sanford police officer has been charged in connection with a fatal wreck a week ago, authorities said.

Capt. Reginald Petty, 48, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed.

Petty was off duty on the morning of Jan. 21 when his Cadillac struck the back of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup on Horner Boulevard near its intersection with Hill Avenue, authorities said. The pickup had slowed to make a left turn.

The collision sent the pickup into the oncoming lane, where it was hit by a Toyota SUV, authorities said. The driver of the pickup, William Thomas, 61, of Oakleaf Road in Sanford, was killed.

Sanford police initially responded to the wreck, but they asked the Highway Patrol to investigate the case once they realized Petty was involved.

The police department has placed Petty on paid leave.


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  • Rebelyell Jan 28, 2011

    Slow moving pickups are often a problem in Sanford. Why don't you start giving them tickets? It's insane.

  • TheDude abides... Jan 28, 2011

    Does WRAL have a spine. Once the blogs get heated or "politically incorrect" you pull the article.

    SOOOOO CHEAP! Does WTVD do this?

  • TheDude abides... Jan 28, 2011

    May it haunt him. thats justice

  • bombayrunner Jan 28, 2011

    airbornemonty -- what a great remark, and very true. I always try to use my signal. Folks are just from so many places anymore around here. Many places that don't use their signals!!! bothers the heck out of me!

  • bombayrunner Jan 28, 2011

    1 awesome Dad --- dude, did you take your medicine today?

  • bombayrunner Jan 28, 2011

    I'm not a cop ... but its hard to believe you give your pals tickets. And if you do, thats pretty cool -- you'd be the first I'd ever heard. : )

    That being said thank you for being an honest person. The way you write shows a lot of common sense.

    Coming from a big city I have a lot of cop buddies. Love them all. They say its hard for them to make decisions and walk the line when friends/relatives/cops are involved. Some have gotten in trouble but still manage to pick them selves up and remain on the force. They learn a lesson and move on.

    Thank you -- it makes me personally feel better when the truth is plainly written. Good luck and be careful out there.

  • airbornemonty Jan 28, 2011

    One of the problems that we have in North Carolina is that it seems that a lot of drivers have forgotten to use the turn signals on their automobiles and that could have been a contributing factor in the accident, Mr Thomas might have nelgected to use the turn signals on his truck.

    For those of you who have forgotten, that small 7 inch long metal rod sticking out of the left side of the steering wheel, that is the turn signals and I have never had to have one replaced so no excuses for not using it.

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  • TheDude abides... Jan 28, 2011

    As a person of the real world I can tell you that "cousins" and "buddies" are not family nor criminals

  • TheDude abides... Jan 28, 2011

    Waiting on someone to comment on the Code of Silence Report.

    The silence on HERE is deafening.